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SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba often says that he belongs to the entire mankind. And yet, on the Day of Declaration, Bhagavan announced that He has come in human for, and has taken birth in Apasthamba Suthra, and Bharadwaja Gothra. Long time back, when I was, for the first time, reading this portion in “Sathyam Sivam Sundaram”, my mind raced back to my early childhood period, when I was initiated into Gayathri Japa Mantra, during the sacred thread ceremony. The priest also taught me another mantra, which serves as an introduction of ourselves while paying obeisance to elders. It runs as under: “Abhivaadhaye, Aangeerasa, Bharhasspathaya Bharadwaja, Thraya Risheya, Pravaraanyutha, Aapsthamba Suthra, Bharadwaja Gothraha Yadhu saaka adhyayet, Srinivasa Sharma naama, Aham Asmibhoho” Here, I, Srinivasan Sharma, identify myself before the elders to whom I am offering my pranams, by tracing the lineage from and my origin to the Rishi Bharadwaja. When I utter that I belong to the Bharadwaja Gothra, it traces, the lineage of the particular saint, i.e., this family has originated from Saint Bharadwaja. It was further explained to me by the priest that, having born in this lineage whoever claims to be of this Gothra, they are supposed to belong to the same family tree. Marriages amongst the members of the same Gothra are avoided because it is deemed that they are brothers and sisters belonging to the same family lineage. (Please Note: When we write down the individual horoscopes, the Gothra is prominently written immediately after the name. The girl’s family and the boy’s family first make it sure that both families do not belong to the same Gothra.) The above thoughts sounded so nice and pleasant, when I read that Sri Sathya Sai Baba belonged to Bharadwaja Gothra. It thrilled me to claim kinship with Swami on this plea and this feeling helped me to develop closeness with Swami in the years to come. I am transposed to a state of bliss whenever I recall my pilgrimages to Swami, several times during the last 30 years. Swami’s Grace flowing in abundance during these years had held me together through thick and thin. I always cherish the thoughts of the several events in my life when I had experienced Sai’s Grace protecting me and guiding me, all along. Without Swami, I shudder to think, how I would have survived in this world. At each of my faltering step, there has always been the Divine Hand stretched to pick me up and place me again on the path chosen by Him, for me to tread along. Sweet memories, Divine experiences, all flash through my mind very often., I always feel truly blessed for the varied Divine experiences. Presently, invoking His blessings, I am trying to weave the various sequences of His Grace into a garland in the form of this Book, and offer the same at His Lots Feet. May I invite you my beloved Sai Brothers and Sisters, to travel along the pages and share the bliss with me. It would be a great revelation to experience how the Grace of Lord Sai, flows to you, when you completely surrender to HIM, and lead your life, following His Divine Directions. V.Srinivasan
My Dearest Swami, I offer my Pranams at your Lotus feet. Born somewhere, bread somewhere, career elsewhere, I now stand at the cross road, expecting and waiting for the inviting call of Swami to put an end to my nomadic life, and help my settlement nearer to Swami’s presence and abode. My life has traversed from humble origins through a rugged mountainous path to heights, only to roll down to depts., and again to revive gradually. Swami, you took charge of me, and since then you have been shaping my destinies and also supporting me to see though such destinies; good or bad. So far as this little self is concerned, it only knows to rush to you, as it has been doing all along, beseeching, particularly in helpless situations, crying out “Swami, now you take charge; I surrender unto you totally and unconditionally”! This small book is just a feeble attempt of mine, born out of the little ego, that I too have run the race to capture your glory and that I too have been the proud recipient of your Grace which has bestowed on me, the thrills of various experiences. If, in this process, the experience and joy get shared and the reading of this book imparts some momentum and motivation to the readers, to adopt an attitude of total surrender in performing any task in life, then I would consider it an accomplishment; the credit of which I do not deserve. Many devotees had prompted me and helped in bringing out this, in a book form. I pray to Bhagavan to bestow His Blessings and Grace on all those who have contributed in whatever form in the publication of this book. With Pranams at your Lotus Feet, V. Srinivasan
They were looking at me curiously and perhaps thought that something was really wrong with me. etc. One of my friends gave me a copy of a recently published English magazine “Illustrated weekly of India”. Now I am hearing the name of Sai Baba. We have seen Gods as idols in temples. I wanted to know more about Sai Baba and started making enquiries with whomever I happened to contact. The Grace of Sai flowing unto us. This was already causing tension. past present and future. I did not know what to do. The more exciting news was that Sai Baba was likely to visit Bombay shortly and that we could see this God inhuman form for ourselves. as if blessing somebody. Could it be assumed they are all free of sins? Then why not I also go and have His Darshan at least from a long distance! I was very much confused and restless for several days . I would have committed many a sins during this life. The article mentioned about the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. We have only read or heard stories of various Avatars. Would I deserve His Darshan? If He is God. There I could see the picture of a saintly man. offering worship at the Samaadhi very often. as Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It was the year 1965. that I was hearing. He would be knowing all about my deficiencies and blemishes and He might not like to see me at all. The only thing that I cold understand was that it would be a God sent chance to live while God is on earth and to get opportunities to serve Him. were very difficult to believe. when I was employed in Bombay. then it is really an unique chance to live during this period.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter-1 "Objects are not to fall on magic wand". Pendants. that Gopies worshipped. It is a small . and showed me the cover page. but with a crown of hair on the head. The specialist doctors had certified that she might not conceive again. I only wish to mention that. Restless I was. When Baba might come to Bombay. “This is Sai Baba. Something precious was within our reach. then. and I started enquiring what this was all about. I was living alone since my wife had gone to her native place. He should know everything about me (About all of us). if I could visit this Holy Man. I was a regular visitor to Shirdi. Many did not know about Baba nor had they heard of Him. My wife had developed some problems during her earlier pregnancy resulting in abortion. served and lived ever in His memory. Great devotees had lived and served God during earlier Avatars. Oh My God. and urged me to read the cover story inside the magazine. in spite of the complications and anxieties. is a different story altogether and I shall narrate it. and in pictures in our Pooja rooms. I thought that if only it is true that Sai Baba is an Avatar. holding out the right hand upwards. We were waiting for the arrival of our first child.to see Him or not to see Him! I could not concentrate on my office work and could not sleep peacefully. elsewhere in this book. However. in human for. it was said. There was excitement in my mind. My confusing th9ughts of Baba added to my tension. Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba”. to know that I am living during the period of an Avatar. many people talking about Sai Baba. Here we hear that God is presently living on this earth. The amazing miracles of materializing Rings. Mangala Soothram. yet I tried to engross myself in my office work. vividly explained therein. Here. my wife insisted on going to her native place for delivery. said my friend. and that He is available for all the humanity. In Dwapara Yuga. we should deserve for such a grace. during our lifetime. Arjuna was constantly with Krishna. still alive and that He is likely to visit Bombay very shortly! I felt something mystical about this. born again at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh. lakhs of devotees would be longing for His Darshan. Something deep inside told me that there was nothing wrong in believing Him and it would still be better. even before we came to know of Him.
listening to Bhajans. I learnt further that. it becomes an egg or something. The same day. I said ’No’. I placed the entire burden on Him. The timing was very perfect. Standing where I was. No more worries. Could I talk to Him. say a stone. On the contrary if we put the same stone in the magician’s wand. without any premeditated thought I just happened to catch hold of His both Hands. my thoughts were oscillating between my unconfirmed faith on Baba and fears on my wife’s safe delivery. sitting on an ornate chair. There were no complications. It took a few moments to realize the implications of my act and when it dawned on me. No more tensions whatsoever disturbed me thereafter. When the wand contacts any object. nothing will happen. I spoke through my heart that I had come to Him and that He should accept me. but then how? Face to face with Baba. Benign Sai continued to smile. to see ladies and gents sitting separately. I got a telegraphic message that a son was born. The delivery was normal and that my wife’s mother herself was able to handle the situation. How unfortunate. thanking Him profusely for His Grace on my wife. There was a slight movement. A magician normally holds a stick in his hands and touches on any object with this stick. He should be able to listen to my prayers. and He would go inside. then He should be Omnipresent. The magician’s stick is called ‘magic wand’. Slowly and steadily confidence started building up in me. who had no problems with her delivery. Ladies were sitting on one side and the gents on the other side. patted on my back and walked away. as we had feared all along. Here. that Baba is God. so that every one could have very close Darshan and even a chance to touch His feet. “Objects are not to fall on magic wand”. singing Bhajans and I could see Baba far away. and that Swami did not approve of my act. . lowering His charming face to a side. and in turn I enquired where I should go for Darshan. and Sri Sai Baba in Puttaparthi. a quotation in English. I prayed unto Him.remote village in Kerala with no doctors and hospital facilities. What a captivating and charming smile it was. in Baba’s divinity. Before I could realize it. Sitting alone in the house. Baba. I was very late and had to stand at the entrance gate of the palace ground. just smiled at me. At last with my sincere prayers. I was in Bombay. Why not pray. literally weeping and praying. my wife in a remote village in Kerala. and bless the lady for a safe delivery. I was told that Darshan had been arranged daily morning and evening in the compound of a certain palace grounds at Worli area. I was aware that He was hearing my prayers. asking me whether I had Baba’s Darshan. At the same time. There was no chance of seeing Him close by. Then the thought suddenly flashed through my mind. it struck me that I had erred in holding His hands. or worship Him. If what others say to be true. My dull mind was not able to knit the possibility of Baba’s Grace with a solution to my wife’s problems. I was emotionally surcharged. But instantly. also a remote village in Andhra Pradesh. I believed that He would take care of us. flashed through my mind. in spite of all my deficiencies and to guide me through the rest of my life. on my first Darshan day. I was told that Baba would usually go around the devotees. Yet that was her wish that she wanted to be with her own mother. and I did not know what I should do. Swami (as He is called reverently) was standing just in front of me! I was overwhelmed on seeing Sai so close to me. and what did I see there! There was a huge crowd of devotees. Bhagavan had already finished the rounds and anytime now Arathi would be offered. to the till then ‘unknown Baba’ and request Him to take care of the situation. Deep in my mind. I watched Baba getting up. Bhagavan Baba had arrived in Bombay! Yet I was unaware of the Divine visit. which bestowed all the Divine Bliss! He did not speak. I rushed to Worli. I just withdrew my hands. reach out to the Kerala Village. because right up to the gate devotees were sitting. It is the will of the magician. I could not proceed further inside. Nothing could prevent me any longer. It was something strange in Bombay. He was seen moving slowly along the central pathway. I got a telephone call form one of my friends. I thought.
year after year patiently. I decided to wait for His call to take Namaskar. The longed for chance did come! But. After this first encounter with Divinity. though I had frequent chances of having His Darshan that too very closely. after a patient wait for the next 16 long years! Then this is a different story all together! . by holding His hands or touching His feet. We are only causing Him inconvenience or making ourselves a nuisance. if any benefit of His blessings is to result. We can touch Him only when He asks you to do so. I waited and waited.I have now understood that there is absolutely no gain for us. But I dared not touch His Lotus Feet.
I left Shirdi with this assurance and the miraculous divine experience. I was also assigned with some important job. I followed him and found myself inside a large room just behind the Samaadhi Mandir. The next day i. by me. whatever be my relationship with the organization. I sat in a corner and prayed to Swami. Swami was giving interviews to a group of selected devotees. Swami in His infinite mercy and love called Ramesh nearer to Him and had allowed him to take Paadha Namaskar. Sai volunteers were engaged in various activities connected with the celebrations. Ramesh (my second son) who was studying in Swami’s college at Prashanthi Nilayam. After praying for about ten minutes there. No activity whatsoever connected with Sai Seva was given to me. and they also noted down my details in their registers. and address to the other members of the Trust. the register entries of various currency denominations in a statement form in the cashbook. A friend of mine from Delhi. a khaki clad security staff confronted me to inform that I was wanted by his officer. We met in a mid way station and traveled together to Shirdi. All over the world. read out my name. I was wondering. as to whether I was still with Him. A gentleman who introduced himself as the secretary of the Shirdi Samasthan. I went to Mandir. They were supposed to take into account all the collections in the presence of devotee citizen. for a ‘farewell’ Darshan. This caused mental depression. which was complied with. to my query whether I was with Him.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER – 2 THE CALL COMES THROUGH It was the year of Swami’s 70th Birthday celebrations. I was made to feel that I was not wanted. Swami?” was my question. I reached Parthi on 29-9-1995 evening after Darshan was over. The Secretary. He confirmed that I am still close devotee. also a devotee of Swami. Due to some misunderstanding with the higher ups in the state organization. thanking Swami for the immediate response He gave. I proceeded on yet another pilgrimage to Swami. He told me that he was blessed by Swami with an interview. I received a telephone call from my son. Swami then materialized a ring studded with 3 diamonds. I felt very sad. I could not resist my eagerness to visit Prashanthi Nilayam. I was also requested to write down my residential address and telephone number below the signature. on various tables. I was taken aback. thereby implying that I was very much with Him. book shelves etc. I was asking Him within me. I was idle. “Am I with you. on the . They requested me to sign the cash registers as a witness. Very soon after my Shirdi pilgrimage. where I am settled for the last two decades. I was all the time. why I had been brought there. though in a different location. we were to leave Shirdi shortly after lunch. When all other devotees volunteers were involved in such holy activities. I was passing by the side of the Samaadhi to offer my Pranams. told me that they had opened up various ‘Hundies’ that day and had collected all the money offerings made by devotees. and see the Divine gift for myself. Bundles of currency notes had been stacked in all possible places. While my friends were packing. and I felt very normal. Just then. Swami by Divine Will had my name and address entered in the Samasthan (Trust) registers. since my wife was away from Madras. They explained to me. there upon stood up. informed me that he would be going to Shirdi and requested me to join him. I had to go alone. On the third day. I felt very happy when I heard this. I was worried about myself. Very soon. He also explained to me in detail of his wonderful experiences in the interview room. Almirahs.e. knowing fully well that I was with Swami. Then the call came through. I willingly signed at the appropriate place. all the works allotted to me were withdrawn. and slipped the same into his right hand finger. Two days of Darshan at the Samaadhi relieved my depression very much.
Though I had got several chances of group interviews. A group of devotees from Croatia and members of a rich business family. and realize by themselves. so that He can reside therein. “HRUD+DAYA” It means . The entire family was very unhappy due to the loss of their only son. He who resides in the heart. There were in all about 18 persons selected for the interview that day. there were problems aplenty for them too. Everybody replied that there were 3 diamonds. i. it will be like making a small opening on a closed door. would have to face the cause and effect of their action and there would no way of escaping from ‘karma’. who had settled in overseas country. “This is the self realization that I would expect from them. when He stated that He is unable to help out a devotee whom He loves so much. though alive. I had no words to express my feelings at that moment. won’t Swami be kind enough to do something for them. “We call God as “HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS). He also revealed that I had come to Him with lot of mental tension and worries. you and your father are all of only entity. Swami. and then Swami Himself will push open the door fully. and should not be differentiated. and give it back to Him. I replied. Swami gave us lot of advice to me and to my son and discussed various family matters. They should sincerely repent and take corrective actions by such deeds of charities which alone would please Him. As Swami was explaining the karmic theory. Swami then held the ring nearer His mouth and blew it. Immediately Swami enquired me whether I had seen the ring He had given to my son Ramesh. provided we repented for our misdeeds and commit ourselves to make sacrifices which would benefit the poor and needy persons. Swami had provided a golden opportunity of personal interview for the first time.e. Swami told us about the rich family and said that though they were very rich. My son and myself were alone with Swami. were also blessed by Swami by selecting them for interview that day. was now spastic and living like vegetable in a wheel chair with no faculty functioning. Swami asked me what was my problem in Madras. ‘Heart is combination of two words in Sanskrit. During the hour-long interview. All of us are embodiment of a single atmic principle”. Swami called the boy nearer to Him and asked him to remove the ring from the finger. It would be for those who afflicted by the karmic backlash. He further said that. She is unaware of her own existence. He told my son that the 3 diamonds had merged in one. Bhagavan showed the ring to all those present inside the room and asked how many diamonds were there in the ring. But. But God would not directly suggest these remedies. and to keep it unsoiled. “Likewise. you spread a towel or some sheets on the floor for sitting in Darshan lines. if we do not make any effort to make even such a small opening. The rich people who can afford. Swami further said that even if we take small step. say by way of some charities. what else can He do only other than giving solace and consolation. I could almost feel the agony of our Lord. He further said that the seat for the Lord is in our hearts and it is essential to keep it pure and unsullied.30th was a memorable day. Don’t you feel that God deserves a better place to sit”. schools for providing free education and so on. and which would move HIM to help them out from the severity of the Karmic effects”. Swami in His infinite mercy made it clear to us. He did not want me to be sad. and come to the rescue of the devotee. The girl. to think back. asked Swami. Swami patted me and told my son that I had been visiting Him for the last 30 years or more. can help the needy. That is why He had bestowed me this unique chance of sitting under His feet and have an interview. I did not give any reply but kept my head on His lap. When Swami showed it to us again. all the 3 small diamonds had vanished and a large single diamond was found in the ring. Swami directed me to go the interview room. in doing away with the karmic results. by providing charitable hospitals for providing free treatment. “You are wearing a clean white pant. that people doing wrong to others. Our turn came up last. God can and would interfere and make things easier. Swami”. Swami ushered all of us into the interview room. I prayed that since they had come and surrendered to Swami. Swami then invited the devotees group-wise into the inner room for personal interview. “Yes. however. having done lot of Sai Seva.
one should remember that God is with you through and through. It was another blissful even when further grace of Sai was showered on us with yet another interview on that auspicious occasion. “Whom do you love most? All the relatives in the world are bound to depart from this world one day or other and the love towards them is also a passing phase. Therefore. This love is not permanent. there is no wife and until we beget child or children. it will be pure and selfless love.” Swami was giving us lots of such advices and in the end He directed me to come again with my wife on 4-11-1995 when I was to step into my sixtieth year of existence by His Grace. your past births as well as in this birth and the forthcoming births too. a man without a heart. However. And in such a place. there is no father or mother. is often called. if you love God without any condition.“The source from where pure Daya or compassion emanate” One who has no compassion. Om Sai Ram. how do you expect Swami to reside?” Swami asked us. Before we marry. We should develop constant faith and love towards God who alone is eternal. . All the relationships got evolved one day or pother during this lifetime and your love with such persons are also developed through attachment and selfish desires.
Sai Kulwant was filled to capacity and devotees were overflowing into the outer spaces as well. even if it is from a long distance. only my wife” Swami commanded me to go inside. He asked me who else had come with me. The Mantap was enveloped in pin drop silence. I spurred to my senses and suddenly held out before Him the cup containing Akshatha and took Namaskar at His Lotus Feet. The November functions started with a 24-hour Akhanda Bhajan on the 4th. Swami was very much busy with the ongoing water supply project.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter – 3 He calls us again The month of November is always a memorable one in Sai Calendar. during the earlier interview that I should come to Him with my wife on that day. As He was passing along. or His “KRIPA KADAKSHAM” . the Prime Minster and scores of central and state ministers were listed to participate. We were feasting our eyes. who else had come? I replied. at a short distance from me. it would remain a life time experience for me resulting from flood of Grace showered on me by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. A world conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations was also planned for around 10 days. When I got up. Yes. But alas. That would. and if lucky Swami’s benediction by way of sprinkling of the Akshatha on my head. I had submitted. hoping for His blessings or His “ABHAYA HASTHA”. uniquely memorable for me at Prashanthi Nilayam. movement. on His divine. “Swami. all our attention was focused on and traveled along with Swami and we became even oblivious of the music. Swami had willed that the project should be inaugurated during Bhagavan’s seventieth Birthday celebrations. including the Sathya Sai University convocation. Swami had commanded me. I continued to wait for a glimpse. the long free flowing robe. . I lost all consciousness and I was simply staring at Swami with tears in my eyes. It was too much to expect anything more than such a grace from our Lord under the circumstance. was however. With intense prayers. And in no time. accepting letters from some. Very high dignitaries including the President of India. even from a long distance. I was trying to catch a glimpse of Swami’s Divine Lotus Feet. And it would ever remain green in my heart. I took up my seat in the Darshan line with ‘AKSHTHA” (rice colored with turmeric powder). and blessing all others with Abhaya Hastha. came in between His Lotus Feet and my vision. allowing Paada Namaskar for some who gained access to His Paada (Divine Feet). As Swami entered the Mantap. Swami was moving along the ladies side. In such a magnitude of crowd of devotees. Swami spoke. On this auspicious day. November 1995. The Sathya Sai water supply p[project. Swami’s Lotus Feet came to my vision. I would have completed 59 years of existence and then stepping into the 60th year. indeed be a fulfillment of Darshan. Well before the rise of the sun for the day. There they were!. I was praying and hoping that I would be blessed with Paada Namaskar. Everybody’s look is tuned towards Swami. as Swami took a couple brisk steps. during the Divine birthday celebrations. Swami sprinkled the Akshatha on me. Swami was standing in front of me with Divine smile. what else could I aspire! The melodious light music over the system signaled the sweet appearance of Swami from the Poornachandra Auditorium. As for me. Swami looked like floating through the middle of the crowd. Swami again asked. 4th November 1995. catering to the entire Anantapur District was in progress. Swami replied with a benign smile that Swami has always got time for His devotees. They return home after a few days of stay at Prashanthi Nilayam. “Swami. will you not be very busy during these hectic November days”.
This signal from Swami. S. blessing them with His Darshan Quotes from Sathya Sai Speaks: The center of every home must be the shrine room. so that the significance will impress the young minds in the home. Swami was still among the devotees. should be observed. I moved on to the verandah of the Mandir and took up my place. the fragrance of flower and incense emanating from there must pervade the home and purify it. I could see my wife from the ladies side. directing us to go inside. also moving towards Mandir. final year. joined us in the veranda. and for silent meditation. She must persuade the children by example and percept to revere elders and to spend some time both in the morning and evening for prayers. signifies His Grace earned by us through our previous good deeds and karmas. This He himself confirmed later during the interview. My second son. The mother must set an example in making the shrine. Baba .Sc. the heart of the household. Special festival days marked out in each religion. The shrine room has to be kept clean and consecrated. and I am no less exception to this longing. Ramesh who was a student in Swami’s college doing his B. A coveted interview with Bhagavan is a lifetime desire of every Sai devotees.
on His call for interview. “Swami. the Divine Mercy overwhelmed me. When Swami directed us to go inside the Interview room. and reached us. Swami had selected a group of Australian devotees and a Lady devotee from Thailand whom Swami introduced to us as the Maharani (Queen) of Thailand. we become impatient of Swami’s concern and time for others. Bhagavan then announced abruptly to all assembled devotees that this couple (meaning us) would be wedded again in His presence on the eventful occasion of my sixtieth year birthday. Swami’s remark touched us deeply. whenever they feel lonely. Swami advised that we should love God without any conditions or reservations in mind. walked through the devotees and students. Swami pointed out this to us and remarked what a devotion this Lady had got towards Swami. they should pray to Him or sing of His glory. He replied that they were from Australia. She told Him that Bhagavan had blessed her through many Divine dreams during which Swami had told her that he would always be with her. Swami closed the door. Swami sharply said that such wife and daughter relationships would be true in their individual homes. and looked at us to see whether everybody was seated comfortably. They . when asked to mover further away from the nearest lady. her face almost touching her knees. but we have intense desire to see God in Human form. This announcement took me by surprise. because God is one who is our ever lasting friend. Pat came the reply. But in the Ashram the rules are very strict and should be followed as such. praying mentally and reverently. In far away places. who is none other than Baba Himself. One gentleman from Australia.” Baba was much pleased with this reply. This intense love towards God should be continuous and constant feeling and we would then develop a feeling to be with Swami as much as possible. At the same time. “Oh! Is that so? Then you do not have God in Australia?” The devotee could not say anything and felt cornered. we could see the Lady walking very reverently. Even though the room was over crowded Swami insisted on ladies and gents sitting apart. Swami smiled at her and said that he would explain this matter to her shortly. Swami called her to come and sit near to Him. Swami then turned to an Australian devotee and enquired where from he had come. With His benign smile. there is God in our country also. Blessed indeed are such souls and it is also Swami’s way of making us learn to intensify our own devotion. During the course of general talks on various spiritual matters.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter – 4 The Spiritual Wedding The wait in the verandah seemed to be very very long for me. Swami belongs to every body and He gives His time to everybody. He spoke a few kind words to on or the other who has assembled there. Swami the switched on the fan and occupied His seat. Swami asked him the reason for his visit to Prashanthi Nilayam. After ushering in all of us into the interview room. she had never had such experience of His presence. In our concern with self. when devotees think of Swami. This time. I was sitting at His Lotus Feet and my wife was sitting at the far end of the end room near exit door. and everything to you during all our births. mentioned that she was his wife. Swami entered the verandah. I could feel the warmth of His love overflowing on us. Some how another devotee took up courage and expressed that “Swami. Swami then materialized Vibhuthi and distributed the same only to the ladies. relation. we have to come here to see God!” Swami. I could utter nothing. bolted them from inside. my wife prayed to Swami for a clarification. I sat through. Though she believed in Swami’s assurances in the dream.
I did not know her secret desire and hence told Swami that anything Swami gives would be a blessing and that Swami knows what is good for us.could also reach out for sathsang. Thus. He is omnipresent. saying. Finally Baba told my wife to look at the small gold pendant hanging in the chain and also a wonderful Ruby stone placed at the center of the pendent. Swami then directed me to get up and then deposit the necklace on the neck of my wife. Soon you will be arriving at the 90th year . You become one among them.”! I was choked with emotion and literally in tears and somehow went through the process. which was to be the Mangala Soothra (Thirumaangalyam) for our wedding.” Swami instantly waved His Divine Hands. and handed over the same to wife.. if only. “It is not yet over!” Swami again waved His Divine Hands. you have the enthusiasm and intense desire to be with Swami. He told us. if you live for another decade. you are free from all your previous karmas. around you and all over the place. While I was abiding by His directions. Sure. you are coming out of all the pleasures of your family life and you should from no onwards proceed into the spiritual life. what is more. When I tried to fall at His Lotus Feet. and wonderful to receive such a Grace from Swami. you would have lived a full divine life. He showed it to me and enquired whether this Mangala Soothra was as per our traditions. When you enter the 100th year. Sathaaya Purusha…. They are the protectors of the eight sides of the world. By then there will not be any effect on you. You should soon be at the 80th birthday. He commanded me to sit down. is Mangala Soothra fitted in a yellow-colored thick twine. your very presence will protect others also from such effects. Swami further said . you were allowed to enter Grihasthasrama. “Sathamanam Bhavathi. What does it mean? By living like Saptha Rishies for over 10 years. “When you enter the 60th year of your existence. Swami showed the wonderful black pearl necklace to everybody. (The nine planets in the universe). What does this reply indicate? Here is kerchief. or a gold chain. company of other Sai devotees. when somebody claims that Swami is in his heart. then the other two obstacles could be overcome by His Grace!” Swami suddenly reverted to the topic of our 60th birthday. But when you put your knots today on this 60th birthday. behind you. and asked to hook it up properly.and you will be like the NAVBAGRAHAS. at the age of 70. Swami continued:“There are some devotees who reply that Swami is always in their heart and they need not go to Him very often. Then there could also be another reason. lack of resources. that is. I replied in negative. It was so cute and beautiful. buy the transitory movements of the nine planets. Then it could also be due to the pressure pf your work from which you could not escape and come to Swami. then it means that he is much bigger the Swami. materialized a very beautiful Ring with a large emerald stone. By the previous wedding during your youthful days. But. Likewise. you will be like Saptha Rishies who leads only holy life. you are entering into a new phase of your life. Swami said that he had made it since my wife had wanted it this way. you become as powerful as ASHTA DIK PALAKAS. This means my hands are bigger than the kerchief and it can hold on the same inside the hand. which we tie. This shows their lack of enthusiasm. Swami Himself was holding my fingers and asked my wife to insert the ring. and I am holding this inside my Hands. It was a perfect fit! Swami said that it would be a perfect fit into my finger. and you will be liberated. Swami told us that this is how AMBAL (Divine mother) wears Thirumangalyam. the family life. The wife and husband could only be supporting each other in their spiritual journey form now on wards. He showed me the special hook provided therein. since the one. One reason could be lack of enthusiasm. and materialized a beautiful black pearl necklace. This is not correct. which would to some extent satisfy their longing to see Swami. Swami kept His Divine Hands on my wife wife’s head and chanted the Mantra.” “There could be some compelling reasons for the inability of the devotee to come to Me. But he is also in front of you. Swami is in your heart.
The captivating Divine smile lingered in our minds and could never be erased.that He was blessing me with an Emerald ring. My wife and myself got up and offered Pranams together at His Lotus Feet. Swami then got up. The emotional feelings continued and we were unable to come out of it. The blissful events are enshrined deeply in our hearts. . which I needed very much at that time. I did not feel like getting up from His Feet. to give me peace. and directed the group of Australian devotees to go into the inner room for private interview. Swami patted on my head and also on my back and asked us to get up. We waited in the front room basking ourselves in the blissful recollections from Divine Baba. materializing Divine gifts to some of them and giving them spiritual advices. The Divine Love of Bhagavan surcharged the entire interview room and the occupant devotees. Swami later on attended to other devotees. in usual poise. on our heads and assured us that His blessings will be with us all the time. Swami sprinkled the Akshatha. I have no words to put in the feelings. as if nothing had happened. But. We felt very small in the Divine presence and nervous as well… Swami opened the door of the inner room after a while and he allowed the Australian devotees to come out one by one. Swami looked unaffected. which we experienced by this extraordinary Grace and the kindness showered by Bhagavan.
It was announced that there would be a devotional music programme in the evening at Poornachandra Auditorium by the famous cine play back singer. get him married and hand over the house to him and then you can come to me. What about you? You are also quarrelling and raising your voice. and told her that she had recently visited a jewelry shop and enquired about the price for a similar chair. She did not need any further proof of His being with us all the time. He said that I should go through all ‘Prarabdhas’ (karmic duties) or otherwise its effect would follow me here too and that I will not be happy here also. “At time.” After taking Paada Namaskarams. Ms. There were surprises for us. He went inside again. Swami discussed various matters concerning my family and my business. my son. and myself were standing inside the room as Swami entered and occupied His chair. “Did you not pray to me one day. there was an announcement over the public address system. asking her to put the clothes inside the bag. onwards and to go on till 6 P. I did not feel like going back to the mundane world. with further conversations cutting lot of jokes and teasing my son. came with a Polythene bag. We did not miss this opportunity to offer Paada Seva. Normally there .SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter 5 I was there with you After the devotees from Australia had returned to take their seats in the front room. He presented a lovely wedding sari of costly silk to my wife and presented me with a set of clothes for safari suit. After experiencing the Divine Love and Grace. Swami continued. Immediately after Arathi. Swami did not give me permission. “You were short of funds and could not purchase it.M. Swami called out. that I was tired both mentally and physically and would like to wind up my business and spend the rest of my life at His Lotus Feet. and held it to my wife. Do you know that I have to close both my ears whenever you both start quarreling in your house? You should know that Swami is always with you and you should behave as such!” Swami put us back at ease. Swami said. Swami came to the outer room and resumed His seat. “Yes Swami. the 24 hour long Akhanda Bhajan were to start at the Mandir from 6 P. Swami got up again and asked to wait. Suddenly Bhagavan looked at my wife and asker her. walked reverently inside as on the previous occasion. Now Swami asked her. He started giving lot of advice to my son. involve him into your profession. With tears in our eyes we took leave of /Swami and joined the devotees sitting outside. Pointing me to her. Swami directed us to go into the inner interview room. We did not feel like going out. Chitra & Party. It was really an experience that Swami looks into every minutest aspects all by Himself. ‘Hey! Thailand!” The queen got up. But he is having problems and mainly financial problems in his business. I took my seat by the side of Swami on the right side and my wife on the left side. in front of my picture in your house.M. “Let your son complete his studies. My wife. I finally told Swami. But Swami filled our hands with lots of Vibhuthi pockets and opened the door signaling that we should move out. is it not so?” She admitted and started weeping at His Lotus Feet. Soon it was morning Bhajan time and we joined the group singing. asking. we got back to the outer room. He went into His private room and came back with further gifts. very tenderly “Am I with you or not”. and I had even forgotten this”. My son knelt down in front of Swami. He lovingly told me that one should engage himself in his work till he is physically fit ad that he would definitely call me to His presence later on. this man gets angry and shouts at you. After making every body happy. In the evening. the next day. He asked us to sit down. “will not Swami gave such a necklace to me also?” She said. Swami looked at us lovingly and kindly. but it was many years back.
Swami had once told a devotee what one should ask Swami in time of a crisis. Swami spoke thus: You come to Prashanthi Nilayam. Whatever may be the reason or it might be just a coincidence that a cultural programme was scheduled on that day. that it was an added gift programme by Swami for my 60th birthday wedding.will not be any such cultural programmes during the Akhanda Bhajan day. with a new paint. He does it in a grand manner and showers His Grace abundantly. the heart must be drained of all egoism. We should pray to Him that we want Him only. When Swami decides to give Ananda (bliss) to somebody. and then He will ask us what else we want. Swami had willed it that way. it appeared to me. in perfect trim. The advice of Swami on this question will come up in another chapter elsewhere in the book. trouble free. ready to speed on your journey that has head. we should not ask for anything or crave for something. Anyway. This is the fruit of this pilgrimage that you must acquire” Baba . as cars come to a workshop. beautiful. Every bad habit has to be replaced by good one. with all the damaged and loose bolts and nuts replaced. with the engine cleaned and r-reconditioned. Every part pick and span. no trace of vice must be allowed to persist. I feel. You must go out. If and when such questions do come from Him.
V. I had referred to my eldest brother late Sri V. I feel how grievously we had erred trying to fathom the depth of the limitless.Mani. and never thought about it for many months.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter – 6 Sai Shows the spiritual Path In the first place. Long after that he happened to visit New Delhi and stay there for about a couple of months in connection with office work. Mani is no more with us now. Our Guruji also helped us to instill in us deeper faith in the Divine incarnation of Bhagavan Sri Sai Baba. Dhyani Maharaj Madhusudan Dasji. a friend of my brother had given a small photograph of Bhagavan Baba and spoke much about the powers of Baba. the words of my dedication for this Book in the form a memoriam Sri Shankara Mani. A very modern young man. as was being widely known to the world. said the doctor. I dedicate this effort of mine. Like me. He put it inside a book. Even before we came to know of Baba. my beloved brother was also the recipient of Sai Grace many times. With our limited. . He was with me all along in our journey towards the Sai Path. during our spare time. He was further advised to accept the situation and get used to the set back. During this period he was steadily loosing the hearing faculty and had very difficult time when discussing anything with somebody. nay. This hampered his normal activities. My brother accepted it very casually. Both of us were employed for a while in a same firm in Bombay. where he was put into lot of tests.Mani). also popularly known as V. Yet those were the initial days of our advent into Sai era. Needless to say. With Sai’s grace. I wish to reproduce hereunder. I had identified myself with him in some of the narrations. he was taken to a specialist doctor. the name of Bhagavan Sri Sai Baba became a permanent topic. it was Sai who took him into His merciful fold and then placed him under the care of a Powerful yogi.S. small minds we ventured to rationalize critically. who initiated both of us into Sidha Yoga (Kundalini Yoga) through Shakthi Path Deeksha. I happened to be born as his youngest brother. When I recall these stupidities. Through a very influential friend. having attained His Lotus Feet recently.S. After the entry of Sai into our life. gradually glided into the spiritual pursuit. Only “God can help you”. the mystic miracles of Baba. This offered us lot of opportunities to discuss many matters. to the memory of my brother late Shankara Mani (V. The diagnosis was that he had a problem of jammed windpipe near his neck area and it was medically impossible for surgical correction.S.Srinivasan In this introductory remarks on the dedication of this book. which was nothing but an exercise in futility. holding very high Executive positions.
We were told that Guruji stayed in His Ashram in a remote village called “Bandhwad”. “Take as much air as possible into your lungs and hold it there. There were couple of known devotees with whom we happened to discuss spiritual matters. It is so remote that it used to take at least a week for a letter to reach there by post. our life style completely changed. coincided with the Divine visit of Bhagavan Baba to Bombay. we went to Worli for Darshan with increased faith and devotion. He had various curious thought in his mind. “Why not then sincerely pray to Sri Sai Baba and pray for His blessings” thought my brother. To have such experiences on the first day itself is very remarkable and that too without Guruji in presence and before formal initiation by His Shakthi path Deeksha. On that day. The method of this yoga is awakening of Kundalini by Shakthi Path. With this first experience of His Grace in our family. My brother told me that during the period of meditation he could see many saints appearing one by one and blessing him. and request Him to cure you?” My brother had no other option and replied that that is exactly what he intended to do. to such an extent that it caused pain in his eardrums. He used to visit Bombay once in a while. he again recalled the advice given by a gentleman in the parking area. and undertook the exercise as suggested by him. Dhyani Maharaj Madhusudhan Dasji. he had to plug his ears with a piece of cotton. Once in the parking area. all came in a flash in his mind. he could feel a sudden opening and was frightened by the big sounds echoing in his ears. the photograph of Baba.While coming out of the Hospital area. we experienced the awakening of Kundalini. From this period onwards. During his third attempt to build up pressure inside his lungs and windpipe area.” Back in the hotel. He picked up the photo from the floor. they were opening the doors of the car and were about to get inside. whereby transmitting His yogic powers to the disciple. Things started moving in the right directions. while putting the books on a table. The yoga is known as Sidha Yoga or Laya Yoga. a gentleman introducing himself as an assistant of the Specialist Doctor. Close your both ears and nose tightly with your hands and try to flush in the air through the inner part of the system and this pressure generated inside may open up the jammed wind pipe. “Who is this Guruji. informed that the Doctor had forgotten to tell you something and that the had to come to tell some remedial measures which my brother could try. It seems that He willed that he should place us for further care with an enlightened personality. kept inside many days back fell down on the carpeted floor. Dhyani Maharaj Madhusudhan Dasji was a Sidha yogi and he initiates only those who are spiritually ripe and receptive to yogic marg. which prompted us to seek guidance from the devotees who seemed to be more spiritualized persons. Please try. “Why not pray to your new found God. losing body consciousness. We were always having matters to be clarified. We learned to live a simple and spiritual way of living. We started reading many Sai literature ad took keen interest in following His teachings in right earnestness. On the first day itself. He lived a normal life from thereon for a further period of over 30 years with clear hearing faculty. At this moment. He could not even bear the sound of the fan rotating on the ceiling and the sound of the cars moving around outside. though Guruji was not physically available there. placed it reverently on the table. At that time. The return of my brother from Delhi after the miraculous cure. the good friend told him. . These persons informed us that they are practicing yoga having been initiated by a Sidha Yogi. It was our endeavour to adopt spirituality in our day-to-day activities. My brother started attending meditation sessions in their house. Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The doctor’s casual advice while taking leave and also the unexpected visit of a gentleman in the parking area. he prayed to Swami and requested Him to cure him of the deafness. He could hear again and that too. We got introduced to many Sai devotees and we were only happy to avoid the old company of fashionable. We attended the Dyan Center and joined the group meditation. and went for a quick bath. My brother picked it up and thought for a while. in Banaskantha District of Gujarat State. Perhaps this single pointed devotion and our desire for spirituality moved Lord Sai to set a path for us. With wet clothes. We discarded the stylish way of life and without any pomp and show.
and His allpervading Divinity that enveloped my life. The Dyan center was at the residence of Dr. This was only the beginning of a long journey on the path. The following chapters will illustrate His mercy. places you under the care of an able guide. There were innumerable instances of His Grace during the next 3 decades. Guruji had mentioned that he was happy to know that we are attending meditation regularly and we are having many experiences during meditations. On the third day when we went as usual for meditation. Pathak in the locality of Prarthana Samaj in Bombay. Pathak informed us that he had received a letter from Guruji. Dr. . and that there was a message in it for us also. When once He accepts you and takes you into His fold. I understood later on that Grace of Sai works even without our being aware of it.and why these are all happening to me? Does He know me and do I deserve for such a Grace of a Yogi?” Next coup[le of days we were in blissful mood and more and more eager to practice Meditation. His love. Within a very short period we could find complete change in our attitude towards our life and willingly and thankfully accepted the spiritual path as shown by Sai. He then chooses the path best suitable for you. “Let them not have much curiosity how these are all happening to us or whether they deserve it at all. He Himself guides you and in case of necessity. They should only know that these experiences are due to the Grace of their new found Ishta Devatha”. We also longed to have Darshan of this Guruji.
In those primitive old days. It means that it embodiment of all the three amsaas of divinity viz. the second coming. which is not visible from outside. The three lingams represent Brahma. I could find the base of the lingam but no lingam was in the usual shape there. which is unforgettable. He looked very pious with tuft in his head and wearing a neat white Dhothi like a pundit. in a single piece of Lingam. It was a small village and there was not much crowd. for reasons best known to Him only. Later on. We reached Thrayambakam at the fag end of the day and the sun was about to set. He is bound by time and space. but looked very serene. Brahma. Till then.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter –7 Vision at Thrayambaka There are some devotees who had experienced His Grace. Without our being even aware of it. One of the Ashtothara Archana mantras of Bhagavan Baba mentions as “Kaalaatheethaya Namaha”. he took interest in us and explained about the importance of the Holy place in detail. Moreover. It means that ‘I worship the one who is beyond the ‘Kala’ i. Adi Shankara had traveled all the way from a remote village in Kerala to this place where Holy River Godavari originates and installed this Jyothi lingam. From there we proceeded to a nearby pilgrim center. We had holy bath in Godavari river and visited various places of interest near there. even though it was claimed that Adi Shankara had installed it. and the Deity is called Lord Thrayambakeswara. Nashik which is on the banks of river Godavari. Initially he enquired wherefrom we had come etc. I knew Sai of Shiridi only. which is our language. They came to know of this. When I enquired where is the Holy Lingam. Sri Rama had paid oblations to His departed father King Dasaratha at the banks of Godavari at Panchavadi. and suggested that we should visit this Holy place also. He explained that Adi Shankara Himself had installed a powerful Jyothir Linga in a temple there. an elderly man called me from behind. when I visited Shiridi with my wife for the first time. Somebody from the Mutt informed that this Holy Godavari River is originating from a placed called “Thrayambaka” which was about 25 kilo meters away from Nashik. I too..e. much before they had come into the fold of Sai. he told us that there is not one but three small lingams placed in the sides of the cavity of the base. He extends His Grace to you. Vishnu and Shiva. He has installed 8 such lingams in various parts of India within his . and Lord Shiva. He is eternal and omnipresent. Vishnu. While I was thus standing there in utter confusion of mind. It was the beginning of the year 1965. It was amazing that no lingam was found. We could only see a cavity. We were staying at Shankara Mutt. The other side of the bank is called “PANCHAVADI’. We entered the sanctum of the temple and was looking inside the place where the deity is installed. much later on being revealed by Swami Himself. This happened even before I came to know of the Advent of Sai. He is so loving and merciful and His divine loves binds you for ever with the Divinity. time’. Our scriptures say that Lord Sri Rama stayed here with His consort Sita and brother Lakshmana during their sojourn to the forest. exactly as was explained to us at Panchavadi Shankara Mutt. It was from this place that Ravana had taken away mother Sita. We accepted his suggestion and visited the place. Water was continuously oozing out of the cavity and the pundits were cleaning very often with cloth. had such an experience. I wondered how this was possible without any means of transport. He talked to us in Tamil. It is a great pilgrim center. only about a dozen or so pilgrims inside the temple. I felt truly blessed and experienced peace after worshipping at the Samadhi. or through by some other methods.
Since I could not get accommodation in Bombay. He blessed us that by next year we should come again with a newborn child. whom we did not know during those days. Shiridi. I had left my wife at our village in Kerala and she was forced to stay there for over three years. He took the child in his hands and fondled him. which had earlier been described in detail. From that day onwards. The boy was born at her native place in Kerala. I asked a foolish question to our Guruji. In fact. I wish to mention one other factor. to forgive me. Yet. Then we knew that the pious man whom we met at the sanctum of Thrayambakam must be Sai Himself. I try to be very very alert not to forget Him not even for a moment. protect him. Here. While giving back the child. it is He who had sent you to me!” I apologized for my bad thoughts and enquiry and prayed to Bhagavan Baba also. guide me and hold me close to Him ever after! . Pathak at Prarthana Samaj. but who is this Sai Baba? Is he a magician. Ultimately by Grace of God we got a temporary accommodation and settled our family in a Bombay Suburb named ‘Goregoan’. I had already enjoyed the bliss of Darshan of Bhagavan Baba for the first time. a saint. “You need not worry about the boy since Sai will Himself look after the child. Soon after her arrival with the child. we went to our Gurui. he mentioned that we had got the child due to the Grace of Sai whom we had started worshipping recently. He then moved away.short span of 32 years. for the next three years we did not have the pleasure of having a child. However. Due to some medical grounds the doctors had said she might not conceive again. Shortly after our return to Bombay my wife conceived and we got a baby boy. guide him and help him in all his endeavour in his life”. we prostrated before him. We heard all these from this pious man and in the end. all these years. This is the situation when we visited. or what else? He is reportedly showing lot f miracles and are they all genuine?” Guruji admonished me and cautioned me not to utter such words. Nashik and Thrayambakam. But he had just vanished. excuse me. we searched for him and went up to the nearest bus stop and he could not be seen. Dhyani Maharaj Sri Madhusudhan Dasji who was in the residence of His disciple Dr. it is only Sai and Sai only in my life and every breath of mine also vibrates with the name of Sai. had an extraordinary experience. He on His part continued to look after me. Within a few minutes. We wished to have his contact address in Bombay so that we could meet him again when we return. “Sai is Poorna Avatar and you should worship Him for all the rest of your life. “Guruji.
I also brought up before her the visionary pictures of my first Darshan of Swami. I thought that I conv9inced her. If He is really God. My income was very meager. I tried to put her wise about the various experiences of mine and that of my brother in regaining hearing capacity. there was no room for setting up a family. I occupied the house and immediately y wife joined me. Or they take a huge sum as one payment without receipt. As such I could not bring my wife to Bombay for the next three years. Due to low salary and limited scope for building up a future career. But the one big problem of availability of accommodation in Bombay was completed overlooked by me. He would definitely do something for us. I felt eager to share so much with my wife on her arrival in Bombay with the child. which is known as pakidi. The houses of my brothers were too small and could just accommodate me with great difficulty. it was not going to be that easy for her to accept Baba. she would ask. when I was working in a Government department in the south. who. I tried to get her around. though appeared simple and naïve. Or you should purchase your own flat. my wife who is of very understanding nature adjusted to the situation and tried to bring about a happy home. emerging from the heart. My wife was at her native place in Kerala. during the days when I started hearing about the advent of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and had my first Darshan. to her looked like a “villain in the films”. now that I got inhaled the initial delights of the Living God and also benefited from His Grace by the birth of a boy. We lived there for four years. She enquired about the identity of the man in the photo. All my brothers were settled there and I hoped that I would not have any problem there. Nobody rents out house due to the fear that tenants would not vacate. but start . that Bhagavan Baba is a reincarnation of God in this Kali Yuga. of the belief in the devotees. my prayers to Him and the evolving faith and devotion in me on Swami. I further advised her ‘not to cry hereafter’. The original allot tee. So the question from wife. She looked with curiosity at the photograph of Bhagavan Baba occupying a place with the other deities. In the end she would start crying and even accusing Swami for all the sufferings in life. it continued to be days of arguments in the house. It was an asbestos roofed tenement built by the Government for the sake of hutment dwellers. had died and his family had gone to their native place. I told her. by telling that it was with the Blessings of Bhagavan Baba that we got this child. the object of controversy being Baba Himself. Somehow. After prolonged wait I could secure some living space on a nominal rent in a suburb called Goregoan. She asked me to remove it from its place so that she could offer her Namaskar. a Sikh. But till she gained her chance of Darshan and experiences. She entered the house with the child in hand and proceeded to the place where normally we kept the pictures of various gods and goddesses. failed to elicit any proper and adequate response from me. Since then. The locality was very bad and the inhabitants were slum dwellers. It was only while we were in this house..SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter-8 “You should not cry hereafter” I got married quite early in age. to the other deities. ‘Why are we placed in abject poverty? Why are we forced to live in such a dirty locality? Why not He bless us at least with a house in our own name in a better place?” We had also suffered humiliation since the house we occupied was unauthorized and the inspecting authorities subjected us to considerable inconveniences. I resigned the job and mover to Bombay. I was in the happiest mood. to offer her Namaskarams. that we got our first son (as I had narrated earlier). But when she reached Bombay it became a different story. which I could not afford.
We felt confident then and there. was near Swami. It is Swami Himself who instills faith and confidence and it is he himself who takes further steps to fulfill the faith of an innocent devotee. My wife was inside their house and I was standing in the verandah though getting wet in the rain. I had long time back applied for an allotment in a colony built in the neighboring suburban city.. I received by mail an intimation from the Housing Board that I had been allotted a house at Vartak Nagar. she was crying profusely. happened to visit Bombay again. This time the Darshan was arranged in the compound of a bungalow in the East side of Andheri. With our attention on the wonderful charming face of Bhagavan. We had no money whatsoever with us. Till late on that fateful night. Now it is up to Him to take care of the child for the rest of his life. we should not have come after Darshan was over and caused inconvenience to Swami. Within a short period. I had even forgotten about it. after fulfilling a desire of my wife with a house. This child is His gift and we felt happy to place him on is Lotus Feet. Within a couple of months of my wife’s return to Bombay with the child. it was too late. Lest our newfound Bliss might be spoiled. He was not even able to swallow his saliva and it was continuously coming out of his mouth. There were about 200 single room flats offered by the housing board for which over a lakh applications for allotment had poured in. This new colony. . I hope that she would adjust to this situation. he had an attack of diphtheria. Baba. we got a nice little flat. We felt disappointed. We had to travel a long way by different modes of transport to reach the place. This time. it was my wife. had been developed in a far new location from the city. allowed her to weep for a while and then gently called out to her. We were sitting under a tree in the compound. and there would not be any Darshan in the evening since Swami was to attend another programme at King Circle. She kept the child on His Lotus Feet. Yes. Those who got allotments as our neighbors were all excellent God loving people. We came to know that Darshan was already over in the morning at about 8. Swami convinced us that He had heard our prayers. Swami suddenly made His appearance in the doorstep. We were not aware of the timings of Darshan and the arrangements. Before I could thing anything. we were not aware of the seriousness of the disease. which was being subsidized by the Government. and caught hold of the ‘charan’ (Lotus Feet). I joined her and offered Namaskar to Swami.praying to Him with full devotion. who asked me to repose confidence in Baba! “Swami would definitely know that we had come and we were sure to get His Darshan!” Her newfound faith was not misplaced. It was late in the night and still raining. When we ultimately reached the place. The child was running high fever and he was unable to take any milk. blessed us and moved inside the house. When she looked up. we moved out of the compound with the child. and was a good 6 kilometers away from Thane and there was no hospital or clinic in our vicinity. And we got proof of this. Maharashtra Government were constructing and allotting dwellings for industrial workers and poorer sections in various places. Swami glanced at her loving and told her in Tamil. Placing her head on His Divine Feet. of our own. We got panicky. We found that the compound was almost empty barring a few volunteer devotees. With the passage of tine. Thane. in His infinite love and mercy. in the second floor on a very meager rent. We continued to stand there in a dazed condition. within a short period after the earlier visit.00 AM. Swami. We could only pray. I prayed to Him to give peace and solace to my wife and take her into His fold. It was raining very heavily. before the child was one year old. and a trice. She started developing faith in Swami and was eager to have His Darshan. Very shortly. it would prove very beneficial. There was a family from the south living in the colony and we took the child to their house not knowing what to do. My wife liked the place. my wife jumped. until the volunteers rushed to push us out. Thane. He smiled at us again. According to them. “You should not cry hereafter” (Note: Readers may remember that these were the exact words which I had uttered earlier to my wife). near Matunga. I had developed full faith in Baba and if she also developed such a faith. that he would not let us down.
It was a very serious case. He spent his own money for purchasing the injections and other medicines. In fact we were totally strangers. and advised immediate hospitalization. Indeed he was God sent. a doctor with a heart to spare his own money and time and who stayed throughout the night. We could only surrender and pray to Him. at the crucial time! I rushed to him and explained the situation saying that my child was unwell and it seemed that something was seriously wrong with him.When we really feel that we are helpless. I explained to the doctor of my helpless situation without any money with me not even for hiring a vehicle at this hour. the child crossed the danger mark before dawn. I could not believe my own eyes. promising to visit us again during the morning hours. diagnosed it to be a case of diphtheria. He advised me not to worry any more. leave alone medical expenses. He said he would stay the whole night with us since medicines had to be administered periodically and the progress of the child had to monitored. Our faith in Swami helped us in our helpless situation. needing constant medical attention. He was a doctor from Thane City civil hospital. for temporary relief and said he would come back immediately as he had to go to the city to get the necessary medicines. The doctor took leave. Years and years of sweet experiences of His Divine Love. were to follow and flow into our life! . Our pilgrimage in the Divine Path had just begun. With loving care of the kind doctor. I found a scooter coming in front of the house and a man covered with a raincoat stepped down. This is the story of the child begotten by His Grace and protected by His mercy. He had heard our prayers and sent a Doctor to us at the time of crisis. He looked at me straight on my face for a while. The doctor immediately attended on my child. He visited twice again the next day. the helping hand of Swami reaches out. He administered some medicines.
The Ashram is also running a secondary school providing fee education. Ms. then we would come to experience that divinity as enshrined in all even 9n the poor and needy and who are less fortunate than us. We were no doubt aware that a mere worship is a ritualistic fashion would not suffice and would not yield results. and the worship should be a way of life itself. which we offer to the other Gods.e. Had not swami propounded “Maanava seva is Madhava Seva”. She was living with her parents and brothers who were my very close friends. She left her home behind and totally dedicated herself to the devotees. Sai Bhajans are conducted twice a day and various spiritual activities are also going on. This Ashram has become very popular. i. I came to secure a residential accommodation. She developed extreme devotion and love towards Swami and lost all interest in the mundane world affairs. a small sathsang began to emerge and she came to be known as ‘Mataji’ in the area. Tara Devi. because of her sathsang activities. We were made wise by Mataji’s teachings of Swami during those days when we used to get much time for personal discussions. Some Good Samaritan from Thane East provided her a small Ashram place. this is the same suburb. In the early years due to close proximity to Mataji. If we can appreciate this principle.Tara. As I had already mentioned. sisters. ample opportunities were available for us to engage in personal discussions with her on various spiritual matters. in each one of us. In short worship should consist of continuous process of living as per His teachings rather than ritualistic fixed time sitting before the deity in the Pooja Room. we had accepted Him as another deity and started worshipping Him reverently along with the other Gods. Shri Rama. The very day-today activities should conform to His spiritual teachings. We cannot expect to gain the Grace of Swami simply by the usual Pooja rituals.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter – 9 THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SEVA “Thana” which had since been named “Thane” is suburban city some 30 kilometers away form Bombay. As for 0ur own development of devotion to Swami. now reverently called ‘Mataji’ is the head of this Ashram. her life style got totally transformed after her first visit to Prashanthi Nilayam. Wit gathering and increasing visitors. in which. Our main aim had . My wife and myself had innumerable divine experiences with her. at Vatak Nagar on the western side. thanks to the Grace of Sai. especially on the philosophy of Sai. Earlier she was living in the same colony where we had our accommodation. Shri Krishna. We just knew her as Ms. However. and daughters. Mataji Tara Devi advised us that we should try to understand and adopt the teachings of Swami in the conduct of our life. around her. a holy spiritual center has come up by the name “Ananda ASHRAM”. The organization offered excellent opportunities for the devotees to get together and engage in Seva activities as a group so that the time and the resources could be put to the best use. We were reminded of Swami teachings. and others. She organized a Sai Bhajan Group and encouraged those who came to her to participate in Nama Sankirtan. The supreme offer to God is the sparing and sharing of the time and resources for and with these less fortunate brethren. All the time ‘Sai’ filled her mind and spirit. Gradually. The inevitable happened. She was quite young and was in the marriageable age. for accommodating her and facilitating the spiritual activities. On the eastern side of the Railway line. she did not wish to disturb her family members. “The Hands that serve the needy is much holier than the lips that offer prayers daily” We also tried to understand the principle of universality of divinity which dwells in all the creation and this divinity is nothing but the Atma. like the ones. sons. I started to attend the programmes of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations in our city.
been to spread the message of Sai to the weaker sections of the society and try to instill in them a spiritually oriented thinking and living styles. Without a spiritual base no Seva can result in bliss, says Swami. Bhagavan is also very keen that the beneficiaries should also be exposed and enthused to adopt spiritual practices, which is the ultimate aim of Seva. We enjoyed ourselves in the Seva activities and in the company of newfound sathsang of Sai devotees. An important soul-awakening programme, related to the Seva to the jail inmates. The authorities of the Thane Central jail gave us permission to conduct Sai Bhajans inside the jail once a month. The convicts in the jail serving their terms were persuaded to attend the Bhajan sessions. Within a short period, many of them started enjoying the Bhajans. Later, They began to take so much interest that they started keeping Baba’s picture, providing garlands and making all other necessary arrangements. In course of time, some of them even learnt a few songs and took initiative to lead the Bhajans. A tremendous change of heart had come about in the jail inmates. Many of them developed devotion towards Swami. Some of them quietly asked us, whether it would be possible for them to have Baba’s Darshan. We could only respond telling them that they should pray to Him and He would definitely make it possible. Those were the years when Swami used to visit Dharmakshethra in Bombay, almost very year. During one of His visits, Swami had planned a programme to a distant suburb in Bombay, which was beyond Thane. We put forward the request of the Jail inmates to the leaders of Sai Seva Organizations in Bombay and about their eagerness to have Swami’s Darshan. In fact, we were jot very much aware of the serious implications of our proposals. Anyway it was decided to submit the request to Swami on His arrival in Bombay. Yes, Lord Shri Krishna was born I a “Kaaragraha”, a jail. But here, we, the devotees, had the audacity to think about inviting our dear Swami into the jail. We only thought that Swami, ever loving and willing to encourage us in our Seva activities, would accede to our prayers. Nothing could be truer than this. Baba while giving Darshan to the devotees in a programme far beyond Thane, gave an indication of His merciful decision to visit the jail and meet the inmates who had become His devotees. We had very little time at 0ur disposal. Lacking any instant telephone connectivity across suburban areas, we had to move physically to the area and make all the arrangements for the Divine visit. Invoking His Grace, the small organization in Thane swung into action and tried to do what best could be done within the shortest possible time. We had to formally obtain permission from the Jail authorities and then install necessary public address system and a stage. It was also needed to dress up the inmates and take them to the Darshan in an orderly manner. We received excellent support and encouragement from all the people within the jail premises. When the last lines of the inmates were taking their seats, Swami entered the jail. Oh, my dear, it was a sight to see! Our beloved Lord walked along the rows o the neatly dressed inmates, in their uniforms, blessing them and what not! The faces of the jail inmates were lit up with devotion. After spending considerable time with them, and giving them the fulfillment of a lifetime chance of a coveted Darshan, Swami was back on His vehicle, to get back to Dharmakshethra. And what jubilation for the Sai sevaks! This mercy visit of Swami inspired us to get motivated for more and more service activities with devotion and humility. “If you take the first step towards Me, I will take ten steps towards you”, says Swami very often. We took a small, but a first step by initiating Bhajan activity in the jail and He came there in His physical form! What a Divine mercy and Divine Love~! One has to experience this Bliss personally to be able to understand even a fraction of divinity!
Swami spoke thus: “The japamala is very useful for beginners in Sadhana. But as you progress, japa must become the very breath of your life, and so the rotation of beads becomes superfluous and cumbersome exercise. Sarvada Sarva kaleshu, Sarvatra Hari Keerthanam. Always, at all times, in all places, Hari (the Lord), is meditated upon. That is he stage to which the japamala should lead you. Baba
SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter –10
The Vision of Aura
“Love is God” is ever the repeated maxim of Swami. The God incarnate Bhagavan Baba is Himself embodiment of: Love. If only we spend a few minutes in His Divine presence wit intense love and prayers, in our hearts, we can easily and positively experience the strong divine love flowing from Him. Swami’s love envelopes everybody, even in an assembly of over lakhs of devotees, who throng for His Darshan. One has only to experience this bliss all by himself to understand what Divine Love is. The Divine Love pulls multiplying millions of devotees to his very presence. In Dwapara Yuga, it was the melody of Lord Krishna’s flute which made the devotees of Brindavan to gravitate towards His presence. The Gopies lost any consciousness of their body, mind and spirit, dropped their work and other activities. They were absorbed by the melody. How lucky we are to witness today the reenactment of the same phenomenon by Sai Krishna at Parthi. The devotees run to catch a glimpse of Swami even at a murmur of the news that Swami’s car is approaching. They feel elated and truly blessed by the chance Darshan even of a fleeting second as the car passes through. One Swami graced me with a rare chance of following His car from Puttaparthi to Whitefield. Swami’s tour programme is always unpredictable and un-announced. Nobody can dare to set the exact timings of such tour programme. On that blissful day, even though some close persons accompanying Swami received information of the time of His departure, Swami left Parthi about one and half earlier. I was fortunate to be provided with the experience of following Swami’s car. I had been directed to take our place as the fourth car in the caravan. However, since the other cars did not show up along with Swami’s car, I made a quick decision and followed Swami’s car as the second one, for quite a long distance till other cars showed up. I could not really believe the emotionally surcharged send off given by the devotees, even at such short notice. From the Gopuram gate onwards up to and far beyond the gate of Super Specialty Hospital, devotees had lined up in good strength on both sides of the road. Even the devoted Sai Geetha turned up with her majestic presence to greet Swami as the car passed by the side of the gates of her shed. Hundreds of devotees were showering flower petal on the car. I saw many of them breaking coconuts on the street, in front of the car. Indeed it looked like a real car festival in our villages when people offer special poojas in front of the Divine Car, as it passes through the village streets. Swami’s car was bedecked with the petals offered by devotees. But the measure of attraction, which the Divinity drew all along the villages and the agricultural fields had to be seen to be believed. The villagers were out n the streets in time for the Divine Darshan. Many agricultural laborers were seen running towards the approaching caravan of Swami’s car and others on the road. How did all these villagers and agricultural workers come to know and that too the time of Swami’s moving presence in their area! It could only be divinity-induced situation, which foretold the people in the villages the possibility of the Divine Darshan! I did nt end there. The approach road towards Whitefield from the highways was also line up with devotees. As the Car neared the gate of Thrayee Brindavan, I could see the crowd getting very thick and the whole compound was filled with devotes. Swami had declared several times, that unless He wills it, one couldn’t gain access to His Divine presences. It may seem that Divine Darshan is obtained very easily whenever we go to His abode, since Swami walks amongst us, blessing everybody. But we should also know that we couldn’t take Swami’s Darshan for granted. Quite often Swami may test or even tease us and Darshan may become rare at
And Swami did not disappoint anybody. UI could only pray and pray. I could not make it to His Darshan during all those days. There was s “Sthoopi”. the devotees. I was late. In those days adequate conveyance facilities were lacking and we had to depend on public transport systems. when Swami normally comes to Dharmakshethra. I used to visit Bangalore very often on official engagements and most of the time Swami would be camping at Whitefield. I was feeling very very happy. Each day. But alas! Swami continued to keep me on test. I could even have from that long distance a glimpse of the Divine abode. a glow of rising sun was appearing and I thought that it could the bright twilight reflected on His hair. changing 2 local trains and then catching a bus service. I immediately felt that it should be the Divine AURA about which I had heard several times. may sometimes feel the pinch of Swami’s testing time. Some said that there was some injury in Swami’s Lotus feet. I had a couple of outstation visitors to my office as our possible prospective clients. Swami took His place. the Aura was found all over the body of Swami. We reached at the dawn and took positions at the lower side of the small hill. And it was time or Swami to leave Bombay and the only possible chance was the early morning Darshan on the last day immediately after Nagar Sankirtan.times. Now I had no hesitation whatsoever to accept the Grace of Swami by this rare vision. the lotus shaped Dharmakshethra looked very beautiful. but it was the truth. My place of work. I gained some hope by an announcement about the proposed Divine visit to Bombay. What a fate. who happen to visit Him very often. It would seem funny. to join the group of devotees on their way to Dharmakshethra singing Bhajan songs – Nagar Sankirtan. the whole of Bombay was eagerly expecting the arrival Swami. Either Swami was on some tour or away on some other engagements and what not. Swami was accepting Arathi. And when Swami kept both His hands on the grill provided on the edge from where He was standing. Underneath it. When my thoughts thus turned critical to a state of negating the very divine experience. are about to blossom.e. the devotees would have left the place after Darshan and my wife would be waiting for me alone over there. I was looking forward for May the 12th. The whole year passed of blank. I traveled to Bangalore 4 times during different months. but only to have a blissful reward in the end! This was the time when I was employed Bombay. We. During a particular year. After staying for three days I had to return to Bombay without even a single Darshan. my office was situated very near to Dharmakshethra. Still my mind was not firm on the genuiness of that vision. on the other side of the hill. Sitting in my office chair. looking down at the devotees. Slowly Swami emerged from His abode and moved to the brim of hilltop. In the twilight. Once we were told that there was no possibility of Darshan since Swami was unwell??!!. During my other visits in that year. On each day of the Divine visit. I was also subjected to such a test by agonizing experience. I felt very much depressed. Just behind Swami. the Aura was also following Him to make it doubly sure about the vision of His Grace! . The Arathi was over and when Swami was moving back into Dharmakshethra. Tears wee rolling down my cheeks. Literally I was weeping when my eyes could sight the Divine figure after many attempts. The Divine visit was reaching the end. That brought cheers to me. Mercifully He did come as programmed and stayed on for 4 days. I dared not to wipe it with my hands since I was holding both my palms in reverence. A mild glow became visible to me around the crowning hair of Swami’s head. I used to curse myself. i. with whom we had to finalize some deals. the iron bars also started glowing by the mere touch of Swami. At this very moment something unbelievable was happening. I was not the only one. His Darshan eluded me for one reason or other. and by the time I reached Dharmakshethra. the pillar as if the 5 petals on the top. I also thought that my moist eyes could have created an illusion. some three kilometers away. Swami was scheduled to leave after this Darshan and I could not afford to miss this opportunity. Reaching the railway station in Thane situated six miles from the place of our residence. As ill luck would have it. through the window.
Swami was accepting the Arathi from the Lotus shaped balcony at ‘Sundaram’ Mandir when the Aura appeared for full five minutes till He withdrew into His room. That day. This time also it was during the Darshan after Nagar Sankirtan. I could never forget this Divine experience of a vision of the mild aura in the colour of Jasmine flower like white purity!. ultimately when Swami did make it possible for me to have His Darshan. I prayed to Him with all my sincerity and devotion that he should bless me again and again to spend the rest of my allotted days in the earth.Thus I had to wait for His Darshan despite my repeated visits and attempts. but at ‘Sundaram’ Mandir in Madras. He did it in a grand style bestowing His Grace on the final chance I got. at His Lotus Feet. serving Him worshipping Him and offering my everything unto Him! . Swami blessed me again with a repeat vision after many years. I realized at ‘Sundaram’ in Madras that Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba had accepted me unto His fold and provided divine protection.
some 6 kilometers away.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter –11 Can we escape from fate? Other than the two Ashrams familiarly known as Prashanthi Nilayam at Puttaparthi and Brindavan at Whitefield. He had an assignment to interview Swami. This man was a very much feared and respected journalist with an imposing personality in political circles. which Swami likes very much. Sivam at Hyderabad. it became increasingly evident and clear to me that Swami belonged to all the community spread all over the world. . the reporter. in one of His discourses announced to the world that He is the embodiment of all the Gods being worshipped in various forms by the humanity. motivating my spiritual self-advancement. Swami on the 12th May1966 inaugurated Dharmakshethra. During the days of the conference. was dumb founded at the Divine sight and could not bring himself to reply. It stands atop small hill like a fully blossomed Lotus in a Pond. But Swami’s schedule remained very busy and tight. named Sathya Deep just below the Lotus shaped structure. The great journalist. And we also knew that Swami would not like any introduction or recommendation. The first World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations was also held during this period. Swami was present for full five days conferring a blissful time for all of us.Mani had a friend in New Delhi who was the then resident reporter of the American Magazine. Sathya Deep at Dharmakshethra in Bombay stands out as a gem of architectural beauty. patted on his chest. That day als0kl radiant with Divine Smile. We became aware of the concept of and the opportunities for integrated service activities. Swami called him by name. Only very important personalities from the organizations would wait in this hall when Swami climbed down from His room. “News week”. My brother Sri. The avowed purpose of his visits to Bombay skipped out f his mind. Swami further had a few kind words of information to him that Devotees were waiting for the Darshan and that He would come back very soon and talk to him. the three magnificent Sai centers. the Divine visit being restricted to around 5 days only. Bangalore. Swami would pass through this hall when He goes to give Darshan to the devotees assembled at Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan campus. Instantly he Divine Hand moved in circular motion and poured out a pinch of Vibhuthi to him with a benign smile.S. “I know how to contact my devotees and I need no publicity whatsoever” is the command from Him. and Sundaram in Madras would also compel a mention. V. This left a deep influence on me to be so humble and devoted from that day onwards. with so much demand on Swami including the International conference in session. Baba appeared in the hall and immediately walked towards our friend. Only He decides whom He will talk to or select for personal interview. from all parts of the world and of the thousands of Sai centers already functioning. the venue being the vast grounds of Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan in Andheri East. namely Sathyam in Bombay. I got thrilled when Swami. and asked him what he wanted. Bombayities had just then been coming to know of Swami and it was amazing to learn of so many millions of devotees that Swami had. Having come to know of Baba’s visit to Bombay. Swami had never given any interview to any journal and He strictly put down any effort on publicity at the media. Instead only a prayer from his lips for some Vibhuthi from Swami slipped. who normally puts any senior politicians in uncomfortable position. Some how we could manage to get permission for allowing this reporter to sit in the Dharmakshethra mini hall. during the morning hours. Normally. I felt very happy indeed over the ample chances available for Seva. I had the good fortune to be present and participate in these programme. he also cane down to Bombay from New Delhi.
If there have been good deeds to his credit. Swami then invited the questions. There is no way of escape at all from the effects of such bad Karmas. which will slowly erase the effects of past misdeeds”. God will definitely hear your prayers and will show compassion and reward you with His merciful Grace to mitigate or overcome the so called fate. he will get good rewards of such good karmas. his intellect. to which the human beings are bound in bondage”. round very often. “Yes. deciding the births. The fate of the cow is now fixed. Is there any way for us to escape from this fate.bad deeds. and further slip down. live a life useful to the humanity at large.. The evolution takes place on the merits of their karma.he stands to loose the opportunities available to him to bring about a purification of his thought. the pain. By using its intelligence and making efforts. the man indulges in dushkarmas. resulting from pride and ego.” “Likewise. Always engage in ‘sath’ karmas. which will go beyond his self-interests and benefit people beyond him or his family. had already been replied to by Swami during his long discourse. Our friend did not ask his second or any other further questions. if the cow chooses to go round. especially by the Grace of Divine personalities like Baba?” Swami smiled at him and started explaining. and it cannot even enjoy the allotted area of grazing. It can choose to graze in a circular area of 100-meter diameter. he can cleanse his chitha. the sufferings etc. From birth to birth. During the hour-long discourse. Or sometimes God can also make things easier for him to pass through the sufferings. (Thrikarana Sudhi) and thereby getting over his destiny or fate in the present birth. a cow is tied to a peg. and then pray to Him.And Swami was back very soon and called out those who were outside the hall. which act as the preordained fate or destiny. to come and sit inside. “If one the contrary.” Swami illustrated this with an example: “In a vast slush green field. Much depends on the efforts of the incumbent. or the limitations enforced upon it. Indeed it became a fulfilling discourse lasting about an hour. word and deed. He will then engage himself in “Nishkama Karma” Seva activities. not only man. By a foolish act. The rewards of those good acclivities will start accruing to his account. which he has to undergo as a result of past bad karmas. Thus many options are available for the cow. On the contrary. He may either choose and determine to live a pure life which helps to retain what is allotted to him or opt for an easy and impure life. if the cow uses its own strength to uproot the very peg to which it is tied down. In such cases. He himself decides how far He can come to the rescue of the devoted calls of a man who sincerely repents and engages in Sathkarmas. Our friend who had come prepared with a set of questions started with the first question… “It is mentioned that we are bound by acts of our past karma. it can reach out a much larger area without any limitation. He announced that there was a journalist present who wanted to ask a few questions and that Swami would give replies. By leading a pure spiritual life. it can overcome the so called fate. man can also over come the effects of the fate destined for him. . the so called fate. In short man is the author of his own destiny. by all the creations in the universe take birth again and again based on their past karmas. which would be beneficial to all. engage in service activities. Swami touched on various other matters also. This is the lesson one should learn. for whatever questions he wanted ask. from which he can not escape” “God may choose to influence or soften the destiny of a man but in some extreme situations. man very often indulges in dushkarma (bad deeds) and he will have necessarily to pay for it by way of retribution some time or other. The cow’s specific choice of the option and the effects of such option becomes it fate. with a rope of about 100 meter long.. the length of the rope gets reduced.
that the precious wealth is spent away quick and fast. of light and love. When the heart is full of faith and strength. even a tiny as a needle prick. Baba .Swami spoke thus: When the pot has a leak. or pride is damaging. malice. a tiny prick-leak caused by anger. the water drains out whole.
Sai is Omni Present. submitting to the Will of Sai. whatever be the turn of events. till that country attained political independence. Gone were the days when we performed the rituals in a mechanical and routine way. After all. or participation in any functions. in the informal dialogues. small or big. We took keener interest than before in our daily poojas. Life seemed to assume a meaning and purposeful as we began participate in all Seva activities with a feeling of involvement and enthusiasm. Our gentleman form Zimbabwe. the Divine Mission of the Advent of Sai and the part we were to play in it. Incidentally. by the Divinity of Bhagavan. Our approach to the spiritual practices gained a new orientation. We came to recognize fully. petty. I was particularly impressed by the talk. Nithyananda Menon. Naturally. The glory of the Divine gets unfolded gradually and we should consider ourselves lucky to come across such glorious occasions to listen to and learn. This incident under narration is concerned with a gentleman in “Zimbabwe” (earlier called Southern Rhodesia) in Africa. Nithyananda Menon that day. the Omnipresent. Besides the daily Divine discourses. Having been so strongly drawn in. As a delegate from Maharashtra state I was blessed to get an opportunity to participate in the Second world conference of Sri Sathya Sai organizations held in Puttaparthi. Sai is God. He was hearing about Baba for the first time and came to be impressed by some of the miracles reported by others. as limited beings can never claim to know all about the limitless Swami. I was well aware of the many ‘leelas’ of Divine Avatar of Swami. the white minorities ruled country and the native blacks were simply treated as slaves. many of which have gone unnoticed and un-published. I am trying to put down a gist of that glory to the best of my memory. I felt always cheerful and elated. The first world conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations brought in us a sea of change. There are innumerable instances of His Omnipresence. God is Omni Present. we could listen to talks by some of the Swami’s close devotees. who was at that time a faculty member of Swami’s college at Whitefield. at the same.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter-12 Sai. Each such talk unraveled more of the Divine glory. learning is a continuous process. We were very careful not to miss the chances of sathsang. I attributed everything to the Grace of Sai. the subject matter would be Baba Himself. He can manifest Himself in Human form anywhere any time. . Every sathsang with a Sai devotee. A rich gentleman. Bhagavan Baba had also come to Bombay at that time on a Divine visit and was in Dharmakshethra. Now utmost devotion and dedication came to characterize our performance of the daily rituals. He can be present in all the places. He came in contact with many overseas visitors in that hotel. by Dr. Some of them happened to be devotees of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. but the great miracle narrated by Dr. We. The natives were a poor lot and the rich landlords subjected them to very bad treatment. The second World conference was one such an occasion. who owned lot of properties in that country. No doubt. I further learnt to adjust myself even to adverse situations. accompanied others to hive Baba’s Darshan. meditation etc. was astounding to me. had come down to India and was staying in a fashionable hotel in Bombay. in the immediate presence of Swami. When the incident took place. provides us with an opportunity to know more and more of Swami. he followed Swami to Puttaparthi and stayed there for the next few months.
he was unaware of the happenings around the world. had returned as a changed man. The labour leader got up and said. All the property had been taken over by the workers. his range and properties had not been affected. Even by reading these divine glories. we sighted Him one day far away in the Horizon when the sun was rising early in the morning. whose picture he had shown to them. He was surprised to hear from his manager that though the country was passing through a state of turbulence. Swami had explained to him the purpose of human birth in this planet and the necessity to live a pious and spiritual life. He was very much worried. they would all live like a single family with mutual love and affection. which earlier cared only for selfish comforts and prosperity without a single thought for those who worked for him. First. something unbelievable. He invited all the workers to his ranch the same night to have food with him. and yet He had made Himself available to the poor people in his country as well. which had mellowed him into a true human being. He told them of his meeting with the Living God in India and of the blissful days he spent in His Divine Presence. the workers very considerate and demonstrated a total loyalty. It seems. He promised to rerun back soonest by the first available flight. he came to know of the political upheaval in his country. He had directed us to live a life of love towards everyone. They were admonished no to think lightly of Sai Baba.!” This amazing disclosure or the black laborer astonished the landlord. He conveyed his heartfelt thanks to all of them for their noble behavior even at the time of crisis in the nation. he had to leave Prashanthi Nilayam reluctantly and reached Bombay on his way back to his country. “ You might have seen Him in India. He assured the workers that from that day onwards. covered with a piece of cloth. after his pilgrimage to India. one can drink deep the divine bliss and gain an access to spiritual benefit. Gradually Swami brought about in him a new orientation in his attitudes and moulded him into a good character. several opportunities came hi way to witness the Divine Miracles. we were seeing Him almost everyday. What would have happened in his ranch and the landed properties? At the earliest opportunity. “All by Sai’s Grace!” he thought. he put through a long distance call to his ranch manager and enquired about the condition. the landlord found the report of the manager to be true. involving the take over of the country by the black people from the white minority government. He was made to understand that divinity is inherent in all the creation and that love should be extended to and shared with all others especially those who work for him. . . After the food was served. The unique experience had fostered love and affection in his hitherto barren heart. There are innumerable such leelas (Divine sport) of Bhagavan Baba having documented in various books. Would it be possible? Swami was all the time at Prashanthi Nilayam. A large size photograph of Bhagavan Baba brought by him from Prashanthi Nilayam. especially in his own country. On the contrary they were laughing by themselves. He was also blessed with many interviews. He. He further announced that he was going to show them the Living God and removed the cloth covering the photograph of Bhagavan Baba. we were seeing Him. Later on He came down to us and conversed with us. He felt that he and his workers were truly blessed by Swami. on his part. He mingled very freely with his workers enquiring about their welfare. here every day in our fields. Without any mind to return. the very same God who happened to be with us had taken you also under His merciful fold. But this evoked neither any trace of surprise not curiosity among the laborers. He had taught us the same path of love. During the entire period of his blissful days in Prashanthi Nilayam. was kept near the chair. he was directed by Swami to go back to his country. He used to teach us all the good manners and discipline and about various subtle spiritual matters. The black people’s attitude appeared hostile towards the white people especially the rich landlords. On the contrary. Yes sir. He raised His hands and blessed us. On reaching Bombay. he addressed the workers. On arrival in his country. This was going on during all these days when you were away. But till yesterday. He had taught us the importance of remaining loyal to those who were giving work and a living to us .In Prashanthi Nilayam. which he had never done in his earlier days. After a few months of stay in the Divine presence. which had been taught to you also.
too. before you can travel to the realm beyond duality. so that she can attend to more important work. So. so long the child is clamoring and wailing in the cradle. you have to put the mind out of action. The mother cannot move about the house doing the daily chores of washing and cooking. She has to put the child to sleep as the first chore. The ‘Will’ has to be fashioned as an instrument for the beneficial Deed and the Deed has to sub verse the awareness of reality.Bhagavan Baba spoke thus: The very first lesson of yoga is the conquest of Kama or desire. Baba .
we should suffer it reposing full faith in Him and praying to Him to protect us from any adverse situation. my wife who brought me coffee looked somewhat concerned. Yes. Sai’s dream advice did come true. so that the money would be safe. ‘Slip of a limb. Every precaution was taken to avoid oily and heavy foods. in a fleeting moment I lost my balance of mind and the inevitable happened. One day. One day. the income considerably increased and with it. I avoided traveling on foot boards in the electric trains even it resulted in delays in keeping up my timings to attend my office and other appointments. In a fit of temper I walked out of office.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter-13 The Dream comes True It never tires me to recount the loving admonition of Bhagavan Baba to my wife that she should never cry again. The dream of Sai is not illusory. who were being inducted into the business administration gradually. The other party challenged me to do so. One day. Swami had Himself mentioned several times that all dreams prompted by His Will. Has not Swami said. you can repair. Thousands of devotees have such dream experiences. I continued praying to Bhagavan to shield us in the event of anything happening untoward. The impulsive outburst of my tongue could not be repaired indeed. during some heated discussions with the youngest brother of the owner. I tried to put a stop eating outside. I burst out that I would have to resign if I was pushed further. Not a day passed with out our thinking and thanking of Swami for all that He had been doing for us. Food habits too totally changed. the comforts and conveniences also increased. are very much real and dream is one of the methods of Swami to communicate with His devotees. We moved into a spacious flat in Andheri near Dharmakshethra. I started observing great care and caution in my daily activities. in spite of all the precautions. I earned a good name and gained confidence of the owner of the firm. which sometimes Swami Himself had confirmed later on during a chance interview. How did it all happen? I was occupying a fairly good position in a company. By the Grace of Swami. but this hope was short lived. but slip of the tongue. Happiness filled our lives. we were blessed with another son. the inevitable happened and Sai’s words in the dream came true. she had no reason to cry thereafter. you cannot repair’. However careful I was to heed of Swami’s caution. All these days we make innumerable trips to Prashanthi Nilayam. She recalled the dream she had in the previous night in which Swami warned her of some impending troubles being the backlash of past karma and advised to be careful. As such I could not brush aside the import of my wife’s dream. We fell on bad days due to my impulsive behavior and action. It was indeed a slip of the tongue. without thinking of the further consequences. True to his assurance. Sai’s Grace started pouring into our life. Nothing happened that might affect me. In enquired what was the matter. if I dared. Slowly and steadily. Thus. The family members of the company were firm against . while I was going through newspapers in the morning. WE could acquire many of the modern gadgets and fittings to make life as much easy and pleasant as possible. I was trying to be attentive whenever I visited the banks or else I used to ask someone to accompany me. With dedication and devotion to duty and good behavior. I reacted that if that happened to be the Will of Baba. observing all possible care and caution. We continued our spiritual path with full confidence and faith in Swami. graduating from lower levels. I commanded good respect from his family members also. We had no more grumbling.
The Managing Director of the manufacturing unit suddenly expired. who held me in high esteem. On the other hand. The deliverance came at the end of the yearlong agony. However. meditation. where they could not adjust themselves having lived in a totally different situation in Bombay. We bid farewell to our Sai Brothers and Sisters in Madras who all the time acted as pillars of confidence for me during those fateful days. Miraculously. The worst days of suffering followed us to the unknown territory of Madras. At times. bulk of which were sold to the various state electricity boards. There were prayers and prayers but nothing moved. I packed off from Madras. Feeling happy at the prospects. Perhaps this was also the Will of Sai. invited me back asking me to prepare for the homecoming. if such travails were to occur at . They spent considerable time with us. Gradually I could work for improvements in my career and in that hope I put in my best efforts. I stood firm on my faith in Swami and I utilized all my time in prayers. Many of them visited my house regularly. However. I could sight some light at the end of the tunnel. Dhynai Maharaj Madhusdhan Dasji. Living with a family became a hellish experience. and tried to help us within their meas. Even the owner. At long last. I could catch a glimpse of the break of bright dawn after a dark night. This development also proved to be another mirage. and sathsang. had an industry manufacturing electricity measuring meters. gave us consolation. hopeful positive developments seemed to be emerging but all ended as a mere mirage in a desert. With God’s grace one can come out of it lightly. The industry itself could not be run and it ultimately collapsed. It is better to go through the travails at a convenient time. giving my utmost to the growth the new company. I was passing through all the pains and sufferings in a detached manner with the full faith that Swami was protecting us and that no harm would come to us. I was surviving by Swami’s loving concern for us manifested through innumerable experiences I had. My new boss was very happy with my efforts and within his limits he tried to alleviate my financial problems.any amicable settlement for calling me back. I got fixed up in a very small firm. and a job. I felt secure with a house. One day. the hand of the fate was much longer. “ One cannot escape the fate. I would have been a physical wreck in Madras. I could manage my affairs by myself. What was important to me was. I was indeed being squeezed by the clutches of cruel fate. All the savings vanished and we had to part with many of our valuables too. Young age had passed and I was entering into the middle age stage. I could not secure any employment. I was left high and dry and the slide down of the slope started for me. that after a gap of 18 months or so. It was only the love showered on me by Sai Devotees of Madras that sustained me in those turbulent days. My wife and my son were also anxious to get away from Madras. We started our life all over again. I took active part in the local Sai Center activities. did not wish to do anything in the interest of his family. But for their love and affectionate company. With all my savings vanished. there was the Divine contact. I was stranded in a place (Madras) where I was a stranger without any friends or relatives whom I could have perhaps approached for assistance. I got back my own old house at Thane from the tenant. Very soon I succeeded in establishing myself. I accepted anything coming my way as the Mercy of Lord Sai. This time there were no more mirages and things were turning positive though in small way. Did not Bhagavan caution us timely about the impending troubles? Still I rendered myself vulnerable to get sucked into the inevitable march of events. They offered me an agency for the southern states. After seemingly an indefinite period. Swami appeared in the dream and enquired. My elders in Bombay. I felt elated and I was ready to start business of my own with good monetary prospects. With my sincere efforts and Swami’s Grace. It was small manufacturing unit and I played my part to bring it up. I did not mind. We did not having anything left with us except a few vessels for cooking purposes. for quite long. “How do you feel now?” And said. in spite of their limitations. when you have the mental and physical strength still with you. I moved and settled down at Madras with my family. One of the disciples of my Guruji. I could build up the new company.
You may not be aware of it but Swami had been by your side all the way through. “You had been away from your relatives and you thought that your wee stranded in a strange place where there were none to come to your rescue. What did you lose? The luxury items? You were used to travel outstations and stay in comfortable hotels for long duration. You did experience their pure love and affection. you were living a life of love. if we are to benefit from such blessings. in your life also you had a chance to own some items. Why should God test us? Has he no other work? No. Swami is blessing us all without any partiality. curse God Himself. you are leaving behind everything back in the hotel and hurry back to your own home. You love what you have in your own home. toning down the effects by His mercy and grace. had been lost!” This dream prompted by Swami left a deep impact on me. The most important thing is that you have comeback in one piece and you should be thankful to God. we think it is our ability that makes it possible. But the blessing should converted into Divine Grace. . If God is doing something. it would have proved very difficult. God is not testing at all. you had no more attachments to those items outside. The pure love of such devotees was in no way inferior to that of the Love of Swami. You felt that you had lost everything in your life. When the job is finished. then we start cursing ourselves. And if we happen to have some faith in God. Because you love God so much. then we say that God is testing us unnecessarily. Yes. Likewise.” Swami continued. You can always rise in life and get back every thing that you feel. I was very much with you! And you had the best friends and well-wishers in the Sai devotees in Madras. which you had to leave behind. Do you regret for leaving the costly utilities back in the hotel? No! You had a chance to enjoy and when the period was over. Otherwise you would have a different entity altogether. We are ourselves creating our destinies by our own acts. causing irreparable damage. If we loose. Swami selects an appropriate time for you to go through the act of repentance and effects of Karma guarding you through and through.early or later stages of life. We are tested by our own past actions. provided we have deserved it. Whatever might have been the situation. When we earn. it is only that He is helping us out.
The clients assured me of all possible assistance and encouragement. They were staunch devotees of Swami in every bit. anything could be possible. I approached the Tamil Nadu Industries Development Corporation to know the possibility of getting a work-shed. everything was very smooth without any undue concern. My son was a natural singer from childhood and in no time. Whitefield. and that we should subject ourselves to it while participating in Seva activities. I felt very happy to be in their association. where I was employed. We had opportunities to spend time with them and talk to them about Sai.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter – 14 Back to Madras. I could not write off Madras from my mind. I took some initial steps in this direction during 1982. I needed a factory shed. With Lord on our side. either in private or in public while giving talks on important functions. Swami used to spend considerable time at Brindavan. Many long-term devotees of Swami. In addition to Bhajan songs. I learnt that new constructions were coming up in the Ambattur 40 . The eldest one had finished the school finals and by Sai’ Grace. and who had intimate experiences with our Lord. Thoughts started firming up. he got admission in Swami’s college at Whitefield campus in the pre-degree course. That situation was really frightening. the yearlong life of agony in Madras as a bad dream. he made his mark in the campus. No wonder. I could think of putting up a plant in Madras and manufacture them for local requirements. During my next official visit to Madras. used to express that Sai Discipline is much stricter than Military discipline. They gradually took me into confidence and suggested that instead of transporting materials all the way from Bombay incurring heavy transport charges. and Dedication. However.P. devotees who were with Swami during His boyhood. it should not be and could not be on any hope of finding a job. I longed to go back to Madras. as confirmed later by Swami in my dream. why not I provide jobs for a few people within my limitations! Sai could only have prompted such thoughts. It was so enjoyable to participate in Seva with their guidance and in their company. Instead of myself looking for a job. Both my sons were studying well. were living in Madras. During those days my son was something like a radio transmission center conveying Swami’s leelas in some form or other to us. the main subject/object would be Swami. to go and start some business on my own in Madras. Due to the hectic building activities at Parthi. Discipline. I also found ample opportunities to participate in Sai Seva activities since there were integrated efforts in the organization to pool all available resources and man power to bring out the best outputs there from. My devoted. In fact he used to emphasize repeatedly in all his public speeches the importance of Sai’s dictum of 3-Ds. The devotees were so lovable. In all his correspondence with us. I could succeed in securing considerable orders too. This process helped me to build a close rapport with some of the clients in Madras. The seed thought was planted in my mind and it started sprouting out. Swami in His own subtle ways set the path for me. dedicated hard work saw me through and up. he participated in many musical programmes also. During the next five years. I was provided with the opportunities to visit Madras again a couple of times for selling products of my company. I wished to erase from my memory. Although I was well settled in Bombay. The leaders of the organization enforced total discipline.Mahadevan who was the State President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations in Tamil Nadu State. Major General S. Devotion. More ever.
Everything was moving as per schedule. I received the allotment of work shed in the normal course. where. We have to practice and demonstrate our thought and words in our action and devotion. Though the allotment of a shed was an encouraging and positive development. 41 . the shed allotment would be cancelled and the shed re-allotted to somebody who are in the waiting list. We have to simply wait for such a chance. Seva offered to the needy. I did not send any money. which had made this possible! How do we thank Swami? He does not expect anything from us not even thanks. I got an immediate opportunity to visit Parthi as a Seva dal. enclosing an official stamped receipt. a loan application was also submitted to finance the capital cost. On completion of the conference. the more we can experience His closeness with us. There were two other colleagues of mine who promised to become my partners in business. gathered in the Mandir. I submitted my application in the prescribed form before returning to Bombay. The office bearers of the World Council and State Presidents of the Sai Organizations in India were also present. though there were several contenders for the same. Unexpectedly I received yet another communication from the Small Industries Development Corporation. Very eagerly all the 15 Seva Dals. It is in the living on His teachings. After I had settled in Madras in my new endeavour. and guide them to their allotted accommodations and other related jobs. After waiting for 16 years. The mere pronouncement of the word and thoughts carry no meaning in Sai’s dictionary. acknowledging receipt of initial payment. I received notice that in case payment was not made within the next 2 days. Such a chance could only happen with Swami’s blessings. necessary advances were paid to purchase Machineries. I gave up hope but Swami did not give me up. But I felt sure that it was apparently Swami’s intervention. that we did our best in discharging the allotted duties without any complaints from any quarter. in our daily conduct that would make Him happy. We realized that it was Swami’s mercy. including me. Without any recommendations or back up. we thought. We were allotted the task of registering the delegates arriving at Prashanthi Nilayam from various states. being the cream of talents from the large Seva dal force available in Madras. when we were about to take leave from Prashanthi Nilayam.. I could not raise such a big amount during the next 30 days. when. If we do Seva to the needy.15 Seva Dals were selected for this purpose. I placed this letter as usual before the picture of Swami. I was fortunate to be a member in this team. the chance has come now. I had then learnt the lesson that I should wait for my chance to have a ‘Sparshan” of His ‘Charan” (Pada Namaskar). With the blessings of Bhagavan Baba. I was dumb founded. and how to create a situation to bestow His Grace. I had earlier mentioned in the first chapter about my first encounter with Swami when I caught hold of His Divine Hands. because of which we the 15 Seva Dals also got included in the chosen beneficiaries of this rare opportunity. He is happy if we can bring happiness to others. we were directed to be present inside the Mandir for we were likely to be offered a chance for having Pada Namaskar. with devotion becomes worship. And I participated in all Seva activities with more vigor and devotion than before. With their assistance. I could not find any sources for money. During my next trip to Madras. It was impossible. Swami’s knows well. There was an All India Conference of Sai Organizations at Prashanthi Nilayam. He acknowledges as our Seva offered to Him. The more we love Him. I did not have that much money.Industrial Estate near Madras. Then how did it happen? It remains a mystery for those who do not know about Swami. The allotment was subject a condition that 25% of cost of shed has to be paid within 15 days. He urges His devotees to reduce their own desires and divert the savings to the needy and the poor people.
My application to Swami to perform the thread ceremony for my son was answered shortly. there is the rule of discipline. The seat just behind me was vacant and immediately I turned back and occupied the vacant seat. I became emotional as Swami was nearing me. and my son was also selected. Yes. Swami called my second son. I could not believe myself. The captivating Divine smile was lingering on my mind for many days. and offering a chance to touch His Divine Feet. Swami patted me on my back. Swami was gliding through the middle of the next row just behind me. Swami always advises to control emotion. Swami gave us a double benefit. Ramesh. blessing each one of us individually. I could only feel sorry for myself. S. Swami had moved away from me. I kept my head on His Lotus Feet! When I looked up. And when he stood before me. I looked back.Swami entered the Mandir and quietly closed the doors behind Him. perhaps to convey me that he understood the situation. The very next year Swami arranged a mass sacred thread ceremony for a group of boys studying in his college. Yes. S. I felt fulfilled. nearer to Him and offered him also the yellow dhoti. We went to Prashanthi Nilayam with our second son who was at that time only 8 years old to participate in the function. Swami performed sacred thread ceremony and also Gayathri Mantra Upadesh for both my sons. When Swami was again near me in the next row. But who could know Swami’s intention? After finishing the line in which I was seated. Holding a basketful of Vibhuthi pockets. I got up on my knees and prayed to Him to perform the sacred thread ceremony for my son. What was more. indicating that Ramesh was also included for the thread ceremony. Before I could realize what had happened. on that day! 42 . and I missed the chance of touching His Lotus Feet! I regretted that I missed the chance for which I had been longing for the last 16 long years! I felt like crying out to Swami.Venkatesh Iyer who was then studying In Swami’s Whitefield College. Swami moved along the rows. Swami was looking at me with a smile. offered Vibhuthi pockets and whispered that He would do so.
" He could not make anything out of it. This indication came to me through a letter received from my eldest son. he was trying to convey me something but was feeling shy to express himself I asked him what was the matter. and could have sparshan of the Lotus Feet. especially so when Swami was cutting jokes in the presence of other students. Vijaya was just completing her graduation course in one of the local colleges. we could go ahead further in the matter. I put my son at ease and asked him to invite the girl and her parents to our house.Vaidyanathan informed me that his aged father-in-law was suffering from cancer and that the doctors opined that he would not survive long. flashed through my mind when He used to tease him about the girl friend in Madras. I felt that my son had not settled yet in life and I suggested that while we might agree for and settle the alliance. The teasing became a regular feature in the days that followed. Mr. Vrudyanathan was an officer in one of the nationalized Banks. He joined the prestigious institution N. While we were having dinner.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter -. It was so agreed. I was attending a technical seminar with my son. I had to yield.15 ADVANCE INDICATION & THE RESCUE While I was employed in Bombay. Swami had predicted that I might go over to Madras. asking. "How is your girl friend at Madras. He should consider it a Special Grace of Swami. Although I had my own problems. Swami's jokes came true. One evening. I never thought that I would be moving over to Madras to settle down there. it would appear advisable to wait for some more time for the actual marriage. and he expressed that he was unable to bear it. which always carried the message of a fact or development. He pleaded that the marriage be conducted at the earliest. But. He had written that Swami was teasing him.I. in one of the five star Hotels in the city. Soon we received their family members in our house. We exchanged information about each other and I told him that subject to the acceptability of the alliance. A little later. I went to Whitefield with my son.I. My first attempt to do some business there resulted In a total failure and I had to return to Bombay in search of job. and pursue his further education . I had moved to Madras and my son cultivated a girlfriend in Madras With kind words. handed over a letter to Swami during the Darshan time. and if it had anything to do with any romance. He replied in the affirmative and put me wise about it. and was studying in the NIIT evening classes as well.to study Systems Management. The father of the girl Mr. while he was with us. We informed that we are devotees of Bhagavan Baba and we would adhere 43 . We did not understand. Sow. We wrote back telling him that he should feel proud to receive swami’s attention and to be engaged in constant conversation with him. to berth me back in Madras to start my own business By the time I was stabilizing myself in the new environment in Madras. The girl. the implications of Swami's joke. after prolonged deliberations.T. Sai is Sathya and His words are nothing but Sathya (Truth) In the earlier chapters.. while his father-in-law was still alive. Venkatesh completed his post graduation in Chemistry and joined us in Madras Initially he was assisting me in my factory I suggested that he should specialize in some fields. He had met a girl in the NIIT campus and he liked her very much. Swami's Will would seem. who was at that time studying in Pre-University course in Swami's college in Whitefield. Yet. I had no relatives or friends there. Instantly the so-called jokes of Swami. my son. I had referred to the developments leading to my shift from Bombay to Madras.
Accordingly. the date for the marriage and a Marriage hall was fixed. The priest asked for the "Thirumangalyam” in order to put it through the yellow threads before the ceremonies began. fixed at 7 AM could not be delayed. it was presumed that he had met his end in the forest. Even we were reluctant to accept such a compromise. She was shocked to find the Thirumangalyam missing. Meanwhile according to our customs. I called my eldest bother.law. She was too sentimental absolutely normal for our ladies. with His blessings. They come back and after such rituals such as sitting in Joola etc. for us to buy ready made ones. There was no question of any expectations for us from the Bride's side. In panic. My wife was a staunch devotee of Lord Krishna of GURUVAYUR in Kerala and she prayed to Him for my safe return and took a vow to deposit one of the pendants of her Thirumangalyam into the Hundi of the Lord Guruvayurappan. The muhurtham was to take place by about 7 'O clock in the morning. Those days. Even emergency arrangements would not be possible since the jeweler shops would not open before 10 AM. All our relations from Bombay had arrived in time for the wedding. The elders present suggested a way out. 44 . It relates to an entirely another incident. I did not inform my wife in Bombay about my delayed return. A thorough search and Ransacking of all the suitcases. was made. I had decorated the marriage hall to the best of my ability \with an imposing photograph of Swami and a chair for Him. and apprised him of the situation.Venkatesh also rendered a couple of songs.. everything should go on without any hitch. The members of the Sai Samithi had arranged for Bhajans. My wife went to our allotted room and opened the suitcase in which the Thirumangalyam had been kept. We undertook that even the Mangala soothra would be made from our side.Vaidyanathan into confidence and to find a way out. The pundits were going on with the rituals connected with the marriage. He tried to calm us down and suggested that we should take our in-law Mr. Vridyanathan displayed a cooperative and considerate attitude and told us not to worry. According to our customs. Due to some communication gap. Hence. I returned home safe and subsequently we visited Guruvayur together and offered one of the "Thirumangalyam pendants" to the Lord. I did not know what to do under the circumstances. Sri. the bridegroom goes to the temple and there the father of the bride personally confirms the offer of his daughter to him. My wife hurried back to our residence to make a search there also It could not be located or sighted. at the critical juncture of the wedding of my son. Normally. Long back I had gone on a pilgrimage to Sabari Hills in Kerala to visit the temple of Lord Ayyappa located in the Western Ghats amid thick forests. We felt totally lost. in our practice the Thirumangalyam consists of two golden pendants specially designed. the Thirumangalyam dharanam (tying of the sacred Thirumangalyam around the neck of the bride) is to be performed in accordance with this custom. we got the Mangala soothra ready and kept it in the Pooja mandap of our house. The muhurtham time. She feared that I was lost to her.to His teachings in all our endeavors. We did not wish to "publicize" our predicament and tried to hide our feelings within ourselves. This suggestion did not find favor with the lady folks. We prayed that. One of such pendants from the mother of the bridegroom (here it was my wife) could be used for the daughter-in. who had come from Bombay. In the early hours of the wedding day we all woke up and after taking bath were ready to commence the various rituals before the actual muhurtham (the auspicious time for tying he knot). He suggested that the marriage could be conducted by using a simple yellow thread with a piece of turmeric and that Thirumangalyam could be added later on. we moved into the Wedding hall the previous day before the marriage. Mr. On an auspicious day. along with other gold ornaments. when we were supposed to go through certain religious preliminaries. Even this solution presented a problem. All the arrangements were going on full swing. We were very careful to take with us the "Mangala Soothra" (Thirumangalyam) and kept it in our suitcases. since without Thirumangalyam the marriage ceremony could not be conducted. My son. she was left with only one pendant and she refused to part with it. in case somebody did not return within a reasonable period.
At the appropriate time, the bridegroom and the party with the priests had gone out to the temple and would be returning back very soon when I was supposed to provide the main item required for the ceremony. There in the Mandap, Bhagavan Baba's picture beckoned me. I realized only He could rescue us from the predicament and total humiliation. I knelt before His picture and spoke out, " Swami, I do not know why I am in such a situation. I am not capable of doing anything in this situation. Only you can save us, and I am leaving it to you. Please take control of the situation." I meant every word of it, and prayed to Him with all my heart. I thought that only such surrender would impel HIM come to our rescue. I telephoned to my house, and told my wife that she should return to the hall soonest and be present during the auspicious time., leaving everything to Swami. After the Joola function, the couple were entering the Hall. I was following them mechanically. I noted that my wife had come back. While entering the hall, I felt that somebody was trying to place something into my palms. I halted and looked into my hands. Something, packed in a small piece of paper was thrust into my hands by my sister-in-law. She is the wife of my wife's elder brother who had also come to attend the marriage. She told me that it was a new Thirumangalyam, and requested me to make use of it and go through the marriage. She further informed that it so happened, that she had got it made for a future necessity and the present situation was much more important than her own personal needs. I was instantly in tears. With moist eyes, I opened the pocket. Lord my dear, what did I find! It was a beautiful pair of Thirumangalyam pendants put through in a thick twine made of pure gold. It looked very grand. It was handed over to the priest and other functions including the muhurtham went on well. I thanked my sister-in-law and prayed to Swami with all my heart for Swami’s profuse blessings on her I further prayed that by the Grace of Swami they should enjoy all prosperity in their life. Recalling all these events, I did not know why Swami willed in that way. Might be it was to prevent any calamities that were destined to happen later. Swami knows better. But the most important lesson we learnt learn was, that through total saranagathi (surrender unto Him) alone could we draw His Grace. He gave me the courage to withstand the pressure and even made immediate alternate arrangements through our sister-in-law. When once we surrender everything to Him and pray, he then takes complete control of the situation and then His grace envelops us and protect us.
SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter 16 CANCER PLUCKED AWAY By Swami's Grace, the work shed was got ready, the machinery arrived and were installed. Yet there were many other loose ends to be tied up, such as Bank finance for working capital, power connection and many other related works. Swami was always with me through and through wherever I went in connection with my work. Let us take the issue of bank loan facilities. I had opened my account with the Sate Bank of India, Guindy, a distant suburb in Madras. Mr. Subramaniam, a senior officer was entrusted with the responsibility to evaluate and recommend my proposals. As I entered his cabin for the first time, I felt happy to find a small photograph of Swami underneath the glass top of his table. Naturally, after our mutual introduction was over, our talks turned towards Sai Baba. And during the subsequent months I was rewarded with plenty of opportunities to discuss with him about Swami. In the suburban city of Guindy, there is temple dedicated to Shirdi Sai Baba, the previous incarnation of Swami, when He was still in His teens. There is a lengthy story about this temple, vividly explained by Mr.Howard Murphet, in his book on “MAN OF MIRACLES.” Scores of devotees visit this temple daily and offer worship. Sai bhajans are conducted here on all Thursdays and Sundays. Initially on my arrival in Madras, I was posted as a Seva dal to handle the bookstall on the days of Bhajans. My friend from the State Bank, Mr. Subramaniam was also a regular visitor to this temple. Mr. Subramaniam has bereavement in his family. His father passed away in their native place. On arrival back after finishing the obsequies for his father, he joined duty. I had planned a visit to Parthi and he said that he would be giving me a cover to be submitted to Swami whenever I got the fist chance. I accepted the cover and went to Parthi. In fact I was going there to attend the sacred thread ceremony of my sons and other students. Swami provided plenty of chances to me during those 4 days to give the letter to Swami. But It was not accepted. On the last possible Darshan before leaving Parthi, I again tried to submit the cover and again Swami’s avoided it. I felt sad. How could I carry back this letter and return to my friend? Or should I deposit it in the post box of the local post office? When such thoughts were passing through my mind, Swami retraced a few steps and asked me “is it Yours?” I replied that it was not but it was given to me by a close friend of mine. This time Swami extended His divine Hand and accepted the letter. I realized then that we should not normally carry letters to Swami except on personal inconveniences or when the devotees are from distant places. It was sheer mercy on the part of Swami or some other compelling reasons that made Swami accept the cover after some esitations. And indeed there was some reason for it which I came to know after another fortnight or so. On my return back to Madras when I went to Bank, Mr.Subramaniam was not in his seat. I was told that his mother had also passed away and had to go back to his Native place. It was shocking news for me. When he returned back I offered my condolence and enquired what exactly he had written to Swami, and he could tell me if he felt so. He was very glad to give me all the information. He even mentioned that he knew that Swami had accepted the letter, for Swami had come to him in dream one day and spoke to him . At that time he knew well what Swami said, and remembered having cried at His Feet at that time. But after waking up he did not remember anything of what Swami had told him. He said that he had written to Swami about the sad demise of his father and that his mother was very weak and had prayed that she should be looked after by Swami. But within a day or two the mother also passed away. So it was
surmised that Swami might have in dream forewarned him about the impending development and then made him forget about it. Mr. Subramaniam was later on transferred to Coimbatore and then to some other cities in North India. After a lapse of about 5 years, I met him again in Madras, when he told me that he had been posted back in Madras. I felt very happy to have him with us. He attended a Bhajan held in our house with is family. His wife at that time spoke to us about the Divine Mercy which they had enjoyed sometime back and how Sai had given her a new lease of life. Mr. Subramaniam had left his wife and children in Coimbatore when he went to the North on transfer. The wife fell sick and was in very bad condition. She was frightened since her husband was also away. She was put to lots of tests and ultimately it was diagnosed she had a tumor in the brain which was found to be malignant. At that time, the cancer was almost a terminal case and doctors had given up hope of her survival. A period of less than a month was the maximum life period expected by the Doctors. Srimathi, which is her name, was frightened at these prospects, especially when her husband was away from her. She lost interest in her food and was literally starving. A heavy dosage of medicines had made her very weak. At this crucial juncture, she felt sorry, that though a Sai devotee, she had not participated in any Seva activities and she did not wish to leave the world without doing any service in the organization. To her good luck, Seva Dals from Coimbatore were proceeding to Parthi for their group service, and she persuaded the leaders of the organization to take her along with them. On reaching Parthi, in spite of her illness and weakness, she was discharging the duty allotted to her to the best of her ability. The Seva dal colleagues were considerate and sympathetic with herand were helpful too. In any event, she did not feel like taking food though her friends tried to persuade her. One day late in the night when all the lights were off at Prashanthi Nilayam and after the canteen had also been closed for the day, the other female Seva Dals tried to convince her of necessity of taking food, as she was already very weak. Irritated as she was, she retorted by telling that if then could bring some tamarind soup with rice and some papat, then she would relent and eat. She had expressed an impossible proposition since the canteen and other eating-houses in the area had already been closed for the day. The friends had some bread and fruits, which she refused to accept. They all slept over. Shortly afterwards Mrs. Srimathi woke up her friends and told them that she just had her food. They were surprised because she looked very fresh. They told her to sleep back not to dream and wake them up again. She told them that Swami Himself had come into the dormitory and provide the same food, which she had asked for earlier. They did not believe. They were shown the left over of the Papat, which nobody could get at that time. Swami had persuaded her to partake the food, which she was refusing for many weeks now because of her illness. From that day onwards she felt stronger and was enthusiastic in her service activities. At the end of the service period, she with others, returned back to Coimbatore. Within a week or so she had a dream of Swami when she was asked to lie down and relax. Swami then plucked away the tumor from within her head. Later on she had a nice sleep, and in the morning she did not know whether it was a real experience or a dream. However the pain in her head had subsided and she felt some relief. Immediately afterwards her doctors examined her again and found that the tumor had actually vanished. Her most loving and understanding husband had since been transferred back to Madras and both of them are actively engaging themselves in Samithi activities. Swami had taken care of their children also. The eldest daughter had finished her studies at Anantapur campus of Swami's college and was working in the Sri Sathya Sai Hospital at Whitefield. By the Grace of Swami and in a miraculous way, she had since been married and leading happy life. The second one is a son and he is now studying in commerce group in the Whitefield campus.
renunciation of sensual pleasures and faith in the Atma (the Self) Baba 48 . Srimathi had another dream in which Swami had appeared and told her that she should look for a house bearing the number ‘9’ It proved to be a real clue and within a very short period. concentration of mind. only when one has disciplined habits. even without sufficient funds they were able to get a house on nominal payment and move into it. Life becomes worth living. Srimathi Subramaniam and Her husband Mr.They were looking for a flat to purchase Mrs.Subramaniam attribute everything that is happening in their life as sheer Grace of Swami and His will alone. The seller waited for their convenience to get his payment Mrs. Sathya Sai apeaks: Spiritual progress and bliss depend on disciplined effort. It can come only through hard and difficult toil. not through pleasant easy paths.
a pilgrim center in Kerala State and also of Lord Venkateswara of Tirupathi. according to the doctors were only numbered. Raghavan and his wife Mrs. He has also enrolled himself as an advocate in the Madras High Court. Raghavan. and is now practicing law. canceling cancer had been narrated in several books in the recent years. he has been very active leading a busy life. The administration of severe drugs and Chemotherapy. and introduced her to me. Swami picked up a handful of chocolates from the plates offered by a devotee and flung them. the Lord of Guruvayur. She had become very weak and her body had been mauled by the after effects of drugs. Early next morning after her arrival at Kodaikanal. over the years had its after effects. Readily she agreed and accompanied them in spite of herm suffering physical condition. During thus period. a letter that she was anxious to hand over to Baba. the lucky devotee happened to be my neighbor. Srimathi Subramaniam from cancer. having immense faith in Sai. Infarct. After retirement. by the Grace of Swami was also able to purchase a residential flat for ourselves. One chocolate fell on the lap of Mrs. and her experience. is a retired officer from the Life Insurance Corporation of India. he has been earnestly practicing Veena because of his love for classical music.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter. her hair started growing. After setting up an industry of my own. she joined the ‘Q’ of the waiting devotees and sat in the Darshan lines She could get a place only in the 3rd row. A pious couple were living in the adjoining building within the same complex Both Mr. Bhagavan had been staying at Kodaikanal. Mr. as it seemed evident from the unfolding of events. an old time law graduate. Subsequently I too chanced to meet her again in our house. It was during this crisis period that she happened to learn of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Even after crossing the sixty-year mark. In due course. Sulochana to our house. she was perhaps in a total state of surrender to HIM. Swami positioned Himself standing opposite her and she stretched her hands to Swami with her letter from the third line. 17 ANOTHER CANCER CANCELLED The special Grace of Swami. She was feeling some relief from the persistent pain and sufferings undergone by her. she 49 . As a first indication. Sulochana Raghavan are ardent devotees of “Guruvayurappan “. Yes. and miraculously her health started turning for the better. the days of her physical existence in this world. Swami reached out to her and accepted the letter. after moving into our new flat at Gemini. Earlier. Sulochana. The prayers were heard. She got into the sat sang. during our daily morning walk along the Marina Beach sands. Ultimately. In the last chapter I had mentioned about the recovery of Mrs. While passing through. located in the Gemini Complex in the heart of Madras city. It was a letter crying out her deep agony and of her pain. There was yet another instance of Swami’s miraculous cure of the dreaded disease Of cancer. my wife invited Mrs. She was very emotional and she narrated how Swami had saved her miraculously from the jaws of death. She considered it a Divine Prasad and ate it with all reverence. She started praying to Bhagavan to save her. Slowly. She was carrying with her. She was invited by a group of devotees to accompany them to Kodaikanal to have Swami’s Darshan. We have become very close friends having common interest in many aspects of religion and sadhana. And more importantly. As Swami was passing along the lines. She returned back to Madras in a couple of days after the pilgrimage. which did not even spare her hair. She had survived and lived for a longer time than her doctors had expected. she was suffering from breast cancer and was undergoing prolonged treatment for namesake in the Tamil Nadu Hospital in a distant suburb of Madras. We used to exchange our views on such subject areas of mutual liking. sufferings and the fear of impending death.
No trace of any malignancy could be detected and the cancer seemed to have disappeared. Sulochana Raghavan. but the pregnancies used to get terminated prematurely. Raghavan informed us that her daughter had conceived again and that the danger period was over and that by Swami’s Grace everything seemed to be all right. by Swami. sprouts of Love will make the wastes green with joy. rivers of Love will Murmur along the valleys and every bird beat and child will sing the songs of Love Baba 50 . then. They were wondering whether this was the same lady whom they were treating all these years. her loving husband is however not taking any chances and he was taking her to the Tamil Nadu Hospital for regular check ups. The son-in-law is holding a very high position over there and living a comfortable life. She was proceeding to the States very soon so that she could be near her daughter when the baby was expected. There were surprises for the doctors too. Tamil Nadu Seva Dals use to go to Parthi for Seva during the hot summer of May. Blossoms of Love will make the air fragrant. and importantly their reverential gratitude to Swami for His blessings. Last year Mrs. She is very active and looks after all the household works since then. they have been visiting Prashanthi Nilayam as often as possible. Their sincere prayers were answered again. And yet wholesome happiness was lacking because they did not have any issues. The tragic part of it was. In due course they conveyed to us the happy news of the arrival of a healthy grand daughter. denying them of any child. Raghavan. By the Grace of Swami there is no more health problems for Mr. Mrs. Mr. and this couple also goes with them . that the wife had conceived several times. this ‘gap’ did not last long.submitted herself for further investigation. However. Sulochana Raghavan and Sri Raghavan have only a daughter who is named and living in the United States. Sri Sathya Sai Speaks: Scatter the seeds of Love in dreary desert hearts.
in getting an industrial shed in Madras. I took the chance of visiting and meeting a Senior Engineer of the Electricity Board. along with our prayers we are to play our part and take our own initiatives for possible remedial measures. but his operation got postponed twice for different reasons. He had something to tell me about his own experience. He will still respond to the devotee who has surrendered himself. the nature of such intervention etc. as was evident from the Sai photographs in his cabin. There were a couple of smaller photos too on the table. I was delighted to see Bhagavan's photo in the most unexpected place. countless number of devotees are experiencing the saving Grace of Lord Sai from the innumerable diseases. Whatever happens or does not happen. There had been some reassuring kind words from the Engineer and after a little persuasion he informed me that the situation had since improved and my connection should be forthcoming very soon. As I pushed open the door and entered into the office cabin. it was very difficult to get electricity power connection for industries due to severe shortage in the generation of power in the state.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 18 THE CURING FRAGRANCE Swami’s Grace flows unto him who surrenders himself totally to the Lord. I told him how happy I was to spend few minutes in the presence and company of a Sai devotee. I introduced myself to him as a Sai devotee. He was admitted in a Hospital in Madras. He was advised that surgical cure alone could save him. Yes. He said he had heard about me. good or bad. In this Kali Yuga also. some happening in his 51 . the timing of such intervention. Being a Sai devotes. Some instances and such information just happen to come my way. Aravamudan". as His Will to go through it as fruit of his own Karma. I had mentioned in the earlier chapters how Sai blessed me. mental and spiritual I had myself witnessed several such instances of His Grace flowing to various devotees. a beautiful photograph of Bhagavan Baba on the wall. physical. Aravamudan happened to be a heart patient having punctures in his heart. At the last moment. With this attitude he prays for His Grace to carry him through the happenings and make the pain as bearable as possible. I responded to his invitation and quietly sat down on a chair across his table. Mr. Be it pain or pleasure. as to how Swami had saved him miraculously from undergoing a serious heart operation. the real devotee does not bother. The name board on the door of the cabin displayed the name "Mr. I was about to take leave and stood up to shake hands with him. Those days. and invited me to sit a little longer. are all matters beyond the human ken and should not be a subject of reasoning or concern.. His intervention or non-intervention. He considers it. There are innumerable instances in the Puranic stories and other Epics of the Grace of the Lord manifesting to save His devotees. We discussed my problems including the necessity for the need of enhanced supply of power for my unit. be attributed to His Will only. They should be accepted with unshakable FAITH. At last a fresh date was fixed for the operation and he was admitted again in the hospital. Even when we fail to cry out for Him in the critical time of our trials and tribulations. while accepting the suggestion of the doctor. he prayed to Swami. And. I had applied long back for the power connection and considerable delay had taken place. a couple of days in advance so that he could be properly prepared for the surgery Meanwhile. since he felt happy to talk to me. with His "Abhaya Hastha" struck my vision.
The Sai devotees know well that such manifestation of fragrance in unexpected place. Mr. Aravamudan had also been admitted for heart surgery but the operation was not successful. Aravamudan was no exception to this fear psychosis. that Sai had been with him through and through. After finishing the earlier operation. He knew too well. There it was. Aravamudan was narrating the touching events. He arranged for further tests and found everything to be fine. Surprisingly enough. indicates the Omni Presence of Sai in their midst." 52 . the patients used to get greatly concerned and worried. As the day of his own operation dawned. After prolonged investigations. The surgeon experienced the scent of some perfumes in the room. Those days as the open heart surgery was a new medical development. None was aware of any "incense" material in the room and in fact there was no incense at all. He prayed and prayed for His blessings to save him. the surgeon. on reading through the monitors. since another surgery was being performed inside. But the sweet fragrance was pervading the room. developed second thoughts on the need for subjecting him to any surgery. The very Sathsang with such devotees. He was Witnessing the body being removed. His devotion and his surrender to Sai were all evident on his emotionally charged mien. it was decided that there was no necessity for any surgery. All preliminary checks before the operation were conducted in his systems with the monitoring equipments. Everything looked normal in the heart of the patient. I was watching his face intensely. the fear in his mind increased.ward gripped his mind with fear. Ultimately he came to be discharged without any operation. responding to his prayers and that the Grace of Bhagavan had avoided the surgery which he feared most. Mr. relieved of all his tensions. the surgeon and the staff were coming out. "Sravana. the same fragrance of divine Vibhuthi filling the air in his house too!. Back in his house. He got annoyed and shouted who had lit the Incense in the sterilized room where the patients were kept ready for surgery. While Mr. A very close friend of Mr. Aravamudan was now moved to the operation theater. He resorted praying to Sai with all fervor and devotion to be saved. He woke up very late in the morning and that too after his wife had tried to wake him up. resulting in the death of his friend. listening to the Leelas of Sai would ward off many of the karmas of the devotees. which had been earlier sterilized. Aravamudan slept well for the night. Patana Mathrena Janma Samsaara Bandhanad Vimchyuthe. He remembered the scent of the fragrance in the hospital. Mr. He was wheeled to the operation theater and was kept outside.
We were delighted at this strange and extraordinary event. It is "Super Specialty" in terms of the Divine impulses and vibrations that pervade the hospital activities. every experience has been SUPER. Liver. happening within a few minutes of my friend's utterance. Within a few minutes. It is only a reminder that all the programs of Swami are auspicious bringing Mangalam. The Hospital offers health care and specialized treatments for Heart. Normally all such big projects are blessed and initiated by Bhagavan during His Birthday celebrations and inaugurated by the next year Birthday celebrations. The treatments for such ailments are very costly and are beyond the reach of many. All the projects of Swami are time bound and He says very often that His Will or Sankalpa is "Vajra Sankalpa" It would happen according to the Divine plan. Sai had willed and had made it possible to provide free treatment for those who cannot afford such expensive treatment elsewhere. From June that year till November 22nd. well being and happiness to His devotees nay. it was only 5 months period left and the entire project costing couple of hundred crores of Rupees. He was wondering why the eagles were not showing up when Swami was embarking on a Divine program. There was a devotee friend from Kerala present during the functions when Swami was personally blessing the foundation stone laying ceremony. Swami had left Parthi for Kodaikanal and then Whitefield. The Super Specialty Hospital is also of one of such manifestations of His Grace. Can there be a more appropriate and apt _expression of the most noble objectives and services that inform and activate this Hospital ? The Hospital is "Super Specialty” In terms of the excelling treatments and facilities it provides. 53 . During the summer. Kidney.e. we were taken aback to see 4 such eagles approaching the venue and circling the area. eye and other such diseases. to the entire mankind.e. something unimaginable. Much has been said and written about this miracle. We were visiting Parthi several times during the year and nothing seemed to happen in the site after the foundation laying ceremony. Above all.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 19 THE SUPER SPECIALITY HOSPITAL Swami has christened it as "The Super Specialty Hospital". was to be completed within this short period. Swami blessed and lad the foundation stone during the 64th birthday celebrations and announced that the first Heart Operation would be conducted on His very next birthday. It is "Super Specialty" in terms of the most dreaded diseases it seeks to tackle. And yet. i. it is "Super Specialty" because it has happened and it is marching ahead under Bhagavan’s Grace and Will. He said that he had experienced such happenings many times in Kerala. Eventually Swami returned to Parthi by the first week of June that year. Quietly all the four of them flew down and perched individually on four different poles erected for decoration. i. I do not feel discouraged to add my own about this Hospital From the planning to the execution of the project. He referred to the belief in Kerala that the divine bird Garuda (eagles with white bands on its necks) would circle the place during the Initiation of any Divine Program. And suddenly the place was humming with lot of activities. the 65th year of His Divine Advent. by establishing such a Super Specialty Hospital in Puttaparthi. They sat through the function and till Swami drove away from the scene. The rocky terrain was being cleared and much machinery was seen moving towards the site for construction activities. It is "Super Specialty" in terms of the category of persons it emphasizes and covers.
On the appointed day. Any new approach Road had been formed and asphalting was going on. something beyond human comprehension.V. the floor had not been laid. electricity connections given and tests and trials taken out. A couple of selected patients for the surgery had already been admitted in one of the wards. We have read and heard about the devoted services of the vanara sena (monkey brigades) in the construction of a bridge over the sea to have access to Sri Lanka for Shri Rama. Swami arrived. By evening. There were a few iron chairs placed in the pathway. and some new year diaries were distributed for those who had been lucky enough to witness the function. There was no sign of the arrival of the V. He walked straight and fell at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan. Swami was waiting and all the devotees were basking in the morning sunshine and in the warmth of Swami.the multi crore Hospital project was coming up within the shortest possible time. They were wet due to the overnight dews and they were rusty too abruptly. In time.P. secretary or any other staff for Himself. Only a day more was available for the inauguration. thousands of volunteers and workers were working with one pointed devotion. A lot of coordination jobs were involved with the State Government and the construction contractors. Some of the overseas technicians were trying to assemble and install a very big chandelier in the central dome of Prayer hall. all the chosen devotees had taken their place in the open lawns outside the central dome of the hospital. One has to see it to believe. We could not sleep.P dignitary. They were conscious that they were participating in a divine mission. Though the huge structure was ready. in their neat white dresses. The state of art technologies had to be imported and installed after establishing ground facilities. amidst the chanting of Vedas. Swami with a benign smile. It is a marvelous piece. our own Swami had no Personal assistant. The next year calendar. Added to this. carrying granite slabs. a detailed micro level planning had to be undertaken assessing all facilities available in the remote place. Here in this Kali Yuga. I was fortunate to witness the happenings in the work site for longer periods. And the head of the project. the filling to the plinth level was not done and then the floor dressing had to be made with granite slabs. l visited the site once again. the greatest miracle was unfolding . had a few kind words with him and invited him to officially inaugurate the 54 . Many more things had to be done before the twilight of the morning. the devotees of Sri Krishna witnessed the miracle of the Govardhana Giri being lifted by the tiny hands of the Divine Boy Krishna. and also a Seva dal of the organization. The Will of Sai was manifesting. awaiting inauguration the next day. In addition to motivating a large work force. Every devotee was engaged in one or the other job somewhere in the vicinity. As a representative from a vernacular newspaper. Plinth had been leveled and granite slabs had already been laid along the corridor and things were happening inside the rooms as well. depicting the photograph of the hospital. our beloved Sai. Late in the night. sat in one of those chairs.Narasimha Rao and others invited for the inaugural function. all those present that were wonder stuck to see Swami taking an ordinary and dirty chair to sit on could hear whispering sounds. the Prime Minister arrived. The latest imported equipment and other utilities needed for the Hospital were being unloaded outside the building. Mr. which was nearing completion. into the building.I. At least. lifted the Prime Minster. Wall coating was going on. Swami was all smiles.In Dwapara Yuga. I saw hundreds of students of Swami's college. Something akin to that divine event was happening at Prashanthi Nilayam. In a few hours time the entire place had changed. the then Prime Minister of India. adjoinmg the Hospital. as if He understood the agony of the devotees. which was also taking shape. the existing general hospital near the bus stand in Prashanthi Nilayam was also being expanded and upgraded. Immediately. The old road towards Prashanthi Nilayam had been 'consumed' by the Airstrip. by about one hundred students from the College. Before morning the entire department had to be made ready with all the equipment installed at their appropriate places.
In their presence. There was a long waiting list of patients and this boy's name was also registered in the waiting list. thousands of patients had received and have been receiving treatments in the Hospital. to admit him in the Super Speciality Hospital. The two patients already admitted earlier in the Hospital. were the lucky beneficiaries. is there a need for such a grand Hospital? Swami had Himself replied to this point. only the formalities of the operation are being gone through! Then. why. conducted especially for screening the heart patients. Since then he was given regular medicines.hospital by cutting the ribbon and entering the magnificent Prayer Hall in the central dome. Many of the devotees are bound by their Karmas and they have to undergo both treatment and anxiety. The message for us is that the cure is already effected. as if they had come to participate in some functions? Later. who had bigger roles to play in the Divine Mission. In this slum. He was subjected to dietary restrictions too. the first two heart surgeries commenced. Even the blood for the purpose of transfusion is organized by Hospital from among the devotees. visiting Prashanthi Nilayam. Till his turn came. the doctors to their amazement found the boy to be quite all right and wondered why he had been selected for operation. patients got up and walked on the second day and took normal food on the third day. if Swami. Since then. Later in the public meeting Swami announced that the operations conducted in the morning had been successful. They were discharged very soon. Swami said that after the successful operation. in a function. all free of charge. Swami is spending lakhs of Rupees each on such treatments. as a part of the Seva. which had been adopted by Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization for offering Seva. This boy was also included and the diagnosis was confirmed. Many still have not developed that much firm faith in Swami. Not even the most privileged private Hospital can claim to be so neat as our Lord's Super Specialty Hospital. the call came from the hospital. I used to visit this Hospital as often as possible. When asked. 'Why should we be afraid of? After all this is Swami's Hospital and He would save us’ Where else other than in this Hospital could we see patients so cheerful. Bharathi Nagar is a little slum in T'Nagar. He was duly taken to Parthi once again and was admitted.. And he was free to play in the streets or playgrounds with his friends! 55 . Further investigations were carried out. he was kept on a wheeled stretcher and moved towards the operation theater. On the day of operation. The specialists recommended surgery as an only option to save him. a small boy had heart problems. they used to smile and say. a suburb of Madras. The volunteers from T'Nagar took the boy to Prashanthi Nilayam. with gifts on the stage. Swami blessed many important persons. to know what it means by NEATNESS & CLEANLINESS. he had to live on medicines and he was prohibited from over exertions by indulging in running and playing. The boy was kept under observation for another two days and then he was discharged. We have to go and see the Hospital. In one of the medical camps. What a life for this little tot! After a prolonged waiting. I had seen many little boys and girls getting admitted and waiting for the surgery. by His Divine Powers. in His Divine speech. if they were not frightened on the prospects of heart operation. Devoted doctors are treating patients thrice a week and free medicines are distributed. And still many other patients are not devotees and they are all poor and they have to be provided with the facilities. During the formal preliminary checks. There was no need of any medicines and restriction on food for the boy. can cure the heart ailments. It should be noted that there is no billing department in the Hospital.
death! Now. Swami had graced this slum.Earlier once. Baba 56 . almost all the dwellers of Bharathi Nagar are Swarm’s devotees. now or later. he said. While being taken on stretcher. He felt with full conviction that Swami had heard his prayers and cancelled the operation. man. myself last! That is the legitimate sequence for the Sadhaka. And. I enquired as to how he feels now and how he felt earlier when he was taken inside the operation theater. I spoke to the boy subsequently. the world next. too ! Hold fast to God then. so that you can be liberated from the cycle of birth. He laughed and told me that he felt thrilled to experience Swami’s Blessings. who is not a Sadhaka? You have to be one. This event of Divine mercy strengthened their devotion further. and God is last' So. he had been praying to Swami whether this operation could be avoided. which had cancelled the operation. in his callousness rewards his own welfare has turned it topsyturvy! It is "myself first. the world next. by His Divine visit and now. And the volunteers doing Seva were more and more motivated in Seva activities. God is lost. Sri Sathya Sai speaks: God First. you will he safe.
The problem was they could not raise enough funds from within themselves. In a stern tone. Swami. Over 6000 villages came to be adopted for service activities and was placed at His Lotus Feet during the inaugural functions of the World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations coinciding with Bhagavan’s 60th Birthday celebrations. It is important that we recognize this truth and attempt to see GOD in all His creations. they met in the village under a tree to discuss whether they could go ahead with the camp. on a grand scale. The Heads of various State Units addressed the gathering and narrated their experiences during the one year between 59th-60th birthdays. several proposals concerning the manner and modalities of celebrating the unique event. A particular incident narrated by a State President of a particular State. The selfless service is the best form of sadhana. they told him of their interest to hold a free eye camp in the village but which had to be abandoned for want of funds. The proposals were submitted to Bhagavan on His 59th Birthday. All creations are but the manifestation of divinity. When asked further. Swami blessed the project but with a minor change in the number of villages to be adopted Swami advised that seva would be a sacred form of sadhana and directed the members of the organization to adopt 6000 villages/slums for this purpose. are holier than the lips that pray. Targets for every state were fixed. a dacoit riding a horse appeared near them. The seva Dals were dumb founded. The Dacoit. Swami exhorted them to move into villages and assured them of His Presence in such places even before they actually arrived. The State Heads of the organizations decided to abide by His Will and implement the seva activities in the villages/slums with utmost devotion and dedication. It was proposed initially to select about 600 villages/slums all over the country one year in advance and start rendering seva to such villagers and offer the same at His Lotus feet on His 60th Birthday. The enthusiasm caught up and a total miracle was happening all over India. which should inform and inspire our service 57 . he asked them what they were doing there. made a deep dent into my feelings. (It is a strict rule in the organization that the members must meet the requirements of money from within themselves and they should not seek donations.) The volunteers were planning to abandon the camp reluctantly regretting very much for their inability to raise funds. The Divine Will prevailed which helped to exceed the target before the 60th Birthday celebrations. At this point of time. Numerous such events and indications have been happening in many adopted villages. and asked them to use it for going ahead with the Project.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) Chapter 20 BHARATHI NAGAR Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations in India were planning to celebrate Bhagavan’s 60th year of advent. thus provided a strong motivation and inspiration for "seva" promising a continuous flow of His Blessings. were discussed. The Sai seva Dals got frightened and explained that they were discussing the problems on a seva project to be undertaken in the nearby village. The volunteers were planning a Free Eye camp in an adopted village near a Forest in a dacoit-infected area. however. By this He was also assuring them of His constant blessing in their endeavor. During the 59th Birthday celebrations itself. The Seva Dal volunteers visited the nearest villages and slums and persuaded the villagers to accept their services. A couple of days before the scheduled Eye camp. reacted by throwing before them a bag containing lot of money. They believed that it was Swami's Leela and they pressed ahead with their project with all devotion and humility. It is this truth.. It is Swami's dictum that hands that serve.
As a first step. The roads around the slum. But this practice was not being followed in this slum. were tar coated. The Divine visit made a big impact on the devotees and slum people and they experienced great joy having Swami amongst them. even up to 6 to 7 feet height could be seen all over. It was on Mother's Day. and Education and BAL Vikas classes. The seva Dals and volunteers are expected to arrange for the basic needs of the residents in the adopted slums/villages. If the volunteers have helped or contributed only to the material facilities but if the villagers have not progressed in spiritual activities. They readily agreed to allow us to undertake service activities. Swami has advised that we should catch them young and try to lead them to spiritual sadhana. But Swami had cautioned that "service" should not end with mere provision of all the materials facilities/help. We made it clear to them. Heaps of garbage. with no thoughts or ideas or aspirations for good or clean living.to the poor and needy. but it was virtually impossible for the motor vehicles to go through. The volunteers should endeavor to arrange for such facilities that are lacking in their areas. (Eswaramba Day) that we established contact with the leaders of Bharathi Nagar. I was most fortunate to be rewarded with chances to participate directly in seva activities in Bharathi Nagar With Divine Blessings. In fact this village became a holy place: Bhagavan visited this slum and walked through the streets blessing the dwellers It was a pleasant experience to receive the Divine blessings from our Lord. They were all living like rats. and made beautiful kolams in front of each house The impact 58 . The very choice of Bharathi Nagar for our "service" was an interesting experience Immediately after Bhagavan’s 59th Birthday celebrations the members of T'Nagar Samithi were trying to locate a slum within their area for adoption in order to undertake service activities as per the guidelines provided to us. that we did not wish to entangle ourselves with their personal problems and that we would not indulge in any political activities. Various innovative ideas and programmes were experimented in this slum. I have attempted a brief resume of the activities undertaken in Bharathi Nagar. Bharathi Nagar is a small slum village in T'Nagar area in Madras. We are supposed to undertake an initial survey of the village and earmark the scope of service activities in that area. Civic sense was totally absent among the residents and we felt that our initial job would be to clean up the entire area and make it livable. and assured us of their cooperation in our efforts. our lady volunteers started visiting house to house. The scope of service activities is quite large including provision and arrangement of facilities in the areas of Health. Swami has allowed us to use His Divine Name for the Service Organization. as a study case. that is all what Swami is asking for. A general call to all the seva Dals in Madras city was issued by the city organization calling them to be present at Bharathi Nagar on the inaugural day and join in the combined seva. The place was stinking. providing institutional support and opportunities to the members for offering service activities. in the modest hope that it may provide some guidance and direction for similar activities that can be thought of and put through in the adopted villages/slums. They appreciated our idea. Set at least 4 hours a week for the service activities. The children were using the surroundings as open lavatory. Hygiene. Approach roads. then all our Seva would be a total waste. The T'Nagar Samithi of the Sai Organizations have adopted this small slum where the members have undertaken various service activities. We explained to them about Bhagavan Baba and our interest in service activities. It is a custom in South India to clean the entry doorstep of every house early morning and put KOLAMS (designs made on the floor using Rice flour or any other such smooth powder). with a bucket of water and broom. cleaned the entrance. The villagers should also be given training in spiritual activities. The central leaders of the organizations stood by us giving constant guidance. we hoped to transform this slum into a model village Swami was with us always in this task. The aim of the volunteers should be to inculcate spiritual orientation amongst the villagers. A massive number of volunteers were deployed on the inaugural day and by evening the place had changed completely.
More than anything. Swami directed us to bring the entire team of Pundits. BAL Vikas children's cultural programme and some service activities including 59 . The lady folks in the slum felt embarrassed and came out insisting that they would do the job. where the Divine Darshan had been arranged. gents and mahilas (ladies) separately. Swami had cautioned us that if the villagers did not show any inclination towards spiritual ctivities. is the advice given by Swami. every evening tuition classes came to be held in the slum. All the youngsters who had been trained under the scheme started earning and supporting their parents. Three years back the temple was renovated. Immediately afterwards we distributed milk to all the children. They conduct their own programs. From that time onwards every hut in the slum looked good with kolams. Before concluding this chapter I would like to recount another divine incident at Bharathi Nagar. All the Sat Seva Smithies in Madras celebrate anniversary in their respective areas. After our coaching and inducing interest in the studies. and they were put on medicine during the next few weeks. Mothers were provided with soaps so that they could give their children bath regularly. Due to shortage of time. and there was not single child who had studied beyond 3rd or 4th standard. Architects ( called Sthapathi) and other volunteers to Abbotsbury. They were advised of the necessity of bodily cleanliness. a totally different children education scenario emerged. The girls were also not far behind. I had narrated the experience of a small boy whose heart operation was avoided in the last minute by the Grace of Swami. They have their seva dal wing. Soon our interest in the children became evident to the parents. There were smiles and cheers all over. It was a memorable day for all of us. Swami presented clothes and gifts to Pundits and "Sthapathis". We thought of another idea to attract cooperation from the lady inhabitants of the slum. About 20 boys came to complete their graduation and some boys came to pursue computer-based education. he himself brought all the medicines needed. One has to see and experience it to believe how perfectly they chant Vedas like any other trained vedic chanters. The volunteers helped the villagers to build a small temple in their area which is a focal point for all the activities. Initially. In an earlier chapter. This boy belongs to Bharathi Nagar. Our lady volunteers did not get any second chance to do this job. the most amazing fact is that all the younger generation coming up from this slum had been trained in Veda chanting. solely for the children. ‘Catch them young’. Many of them suffered from skin disease.was tremendous.. A weekly medical camp was organized in the slum. The mothers liked it. Presently the younger generation boys and girls have become full time seva Dals. Now Bharathi Nagar has a full-fledged Bhajans Mandali. created Vibhuthi and blessed every one. During a general screening of the children. The children were given tonics regularly. it was observed that all of them were affected by ring worms. Every Sunday morning we started conducing Nagar Sankeertan in this area. Special spiritual activities such as special Bhajans. Very soon almost all the children were persuaded by the mothers to join the Nagar Sankeertan. The desired change became however visible. A child specialist Doctor residing nearby watched our enthusiasm and offered his services every week. the elders used to participate in all the activities with us. Some of them had accompanied us to Prashanthi Nilayam for Prashanthi service together with other seva Dals from the city. In the initial period when we started offering seva at Bharathi Nagar. and we prayed that Swami visit Bharathi Nagar once again during the Kumbabhishekam. Gradually. A systematic door-to-door survey was conducted and relevant data were collected. all the efforts should be considered as waste. When we entered the picture most children were dropouts from the school.
are organized. Meanwhile invitation cards had already been printed indicating the venue as Bharathi Nagar and the first copy submitted to Swami. however rich they are. The chaos and misery of the world today are the creation of persons who have climbed to positions of authority but. they do not deserve the position they crave for. It also passed through the main road of Bharathi Nagar. consider well whether you have the yearning and the capacity. Having joined. or hold In the Units of this Organization too. before you join the Organization. immediately after Swami's visit to Bharathi Nagar. the same rule applies. you are only revealing your own smallness or weakness.operate with others vigorously and carry out all your duties conscientiously. complain against some person or some programme. However. due to unavoidable reasons. Before you enter the organization or seek any office therein. No one is entitled to such position who is unable or unwilling to shoulder the responsibility inherent in it and who does not discharge them sincerely. we had to shift the venue to our Samithi Center itself.. The Nagar Sankeertan on that day started from the Samithi center and was going through various streets in T'Nagar area.medical camps etc. wherever selfless services are offered Swami says that the doer of service seemingly benefits others but it really results in a spiritual gain to the "doer" himself. Swami encourages the devotees in their endeavors. BABA 60 . else. During a particular year. we had planned to celebrate our anniversary in this slum area. Whatever be their status. Make due inquiry. One of the girls from this slum reported later with excitement that she saw Swami standing near the temple. Swami's Grace flows to the doer of the service. with His Divine Hands blessing the participants of the Nagar Sankeertan. This is how. give full consideration. co. If you join and then. however deep be their Scholarship.. do not discharge the responsibilities of those positions. No one has a place who does not posses the skill the capacity and willingness to carry out the responsibility.
From there he was proceeding to Prashanthi Nilayam. He told me. attracting millions of devotees from all over India. Bhagavan Baba had chosen a tiny remote backward village in the State of Andhra Pradesh for his present Avatar. We arranged that we would travel together the next day. of this company was a Sai Devotee and was also the head of the seva dal group in that area. talking about Swami. by refunding the money to the king and rescued him from imprisonment. M/s Singaneri Collieries Ltd. Bhadrachalam is yet another renowned place of pilgrimage. Incidentally Kothagudam is the headquarters of the coal mining company. Rama Navami celebrations during the month of April are the most important function here and millions assemble there during this period. situated near Kothagudam in Khammam district. More than this devotee. Incidentally. There is a beautiful temple in this place and the deity is Sri Rama. One day he took me to the Sai Baba temple. I had visited this place several times. This place is a big Sai Center. He had been sentenced for siphoning of government funds for building this temple. To mention a few. and he brought her to Madras to arrange for the delivery. He was the Resident Sales Executive of Indian Explosives Ltd. There are a number of other Holy places in this State. For follow up actions. The wife insisted that she would also accompany him.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 21 WIFE ALONE IS NOT LIFE Our Lord. I spent happy moments with him. It is a holy place indeed and many devotees throng here for worship. and there are many devotees living here. I was trying to secure orders for my products from Singareni Collieries Ltd. We had so many things to converse and we did not have a wink of sleep during that night. whenever he came to Madras on annual leave. Seva Dal volunteers from Sri Sathya Sai seva organizations are participating in various forms of service. on that occasion. and other countries as well. We shared a taxi up to Vishakapatanam from where we boarded a night train to Madras. Tirupathi (also known as Thirumala) and Sri Sailam. Being a past resident of Madras. he was planning a visit to his home. Weekly Bhajans. He had a very interesting experience to narrate. the king (a Muslim Nawab) got Darshan of RamJi & LakshmanJi who visited the palace to pay back the money allegedly misappropriated for the construction of a temple. and I was only too happy to hear from him. The Rama Temples is situated near here. According to his understanding. His wife had conceived for the first time. Nagar Sankeertan and all other spiritual activities are conducted in this temple. since our common interest was on Swami. I chanced to come across another Sai devotee in the office cabin of The Financial Manager. I was introduced to him. Bhadradeewasra Rama had once saved a devotee who came to be famously known as Bhadrachala Ramdas. During one of my visits. she had not shown much interest in Swami and he was now surprised at 61 . It was a small but beautiful temple built by the local Samithi for our dear Lord. and we became friendly. He used to visit Prashanthi Nilayam. I was pleasantly surprised to know that the Chief Financial Officer. which was regularly supplying explosive materials to Singareni Collieries Ltd. and had participated in their annual tenders several times. which are two of the well-known pilgrimage centers. that he was employed for long in the Coalmine area at Dhanbad situated in the Eastern parts of India. I used to visit this place very often. his son had also graduated from Swami's college.
Previously these slabs were of rough granites. Immediately after the interview was over. one from the main Gopuram to Mandir and another from this pathway to Poorna Chandra Auditorium. do not worry. Swami again cut him short: "Wife alone is not Life.her latest attitude. At last. During this period his wife's pregnancy was also advancing. She felt very weak and could not turn up to Mandir daily for Darshan. and utter three times. The time had come for my friend to leave for Madras. he sensed somebody was tapping his back. Swami spoke to him several times. and life is life. Painter. "Mr. Since he could not complete the job. But you should close your eyes. My friend knew that the call was for him and proceeded towards the Mandir. We can find polished black granite slabs engraved with Swami's messages on either side of the pathway. having fulfilled Swami’s command. he tried to mention to Swami about his wife But Swami cut him short every time. Instantly. He commenced the work in right earnest and with utmost devotion. he completed his task. Still she was keen to accompany him since it was not likely that any problems would arise during a short stay of one week. Finish the Job and then you can go to your place. Ultimately the wife accompanied her husband to Swami. and requested him to allow his participation. after about 60 days of devoted and dedicated service. Swami had finished His rounds. One day. He was sitting in the Darshan line. concentrate on Swami." There are 2 pathways in the Nilayam. and placed a dot on one pillar It probably comforted him to feel that he was able to do a token job.' Swami spoke to him on various matters. some Seva Dals came along the waiting devotees and announced that Swami was calling for the painter. and yet he wished that he should do something as a token of seva at Parthi. My friend felt very sad. with his wife the next day. and Swami I want you' Swami will be with you and you will automatically be saved. said. "You can start the work straight away. Swami I want you. and but could not come for Darshan because of advanced pregnancy. never pray to Swami to save you. Swami took him inside the Interview Room." 62 . He flatly refused the offer and told him that he could join the team only if Swami personally allowed him. The construction of Poorna Chandra Auditorium was almost complete and was undergoing final touches including painting. For another 2 months he was engaged in this Divine assignment and was sending telegraphic requests to his office periodically in between. Merciful Swami. he sent a telegram to his office at Dhanbad requesting them to extend his leave. " He was pleased and happy to receive the Divine Command. he walked over to the site and found many volunteers engaged in painting the imposing pillars and other places. whenever it is. He spoke to a volunteer. 'Swami. Swami showed him the rough granites that had already been positioned and instructed that he should paint these slabs with Swami's messages with appropriate designs. he told that his wife had also come with him. He bent down and dipped one of his fingers in the paint. He fell at Swami's Lotus Feet When Swami was enquiring about him. after the Darshan. She was already 7 months pregnant then and he told her that there were not adequate medical facilities in Puttaparthi. and had selected a few people for interview. "Wherever you are." Swami further put him at ease telling that he need not worry about her and that shortly she would give birth to a baby boy 'You can bring both of them to me next year. equally applicable to all of us. whatever may be the problem. Whenever. I want you. But finally he gave him a Divine message. My friend happened to be a good painter. He found to his surprise that Swami was standing beside him with His Divine Benign Smile. Wife is wife. I shall give you some other job. He had only 15 days leave at his disposal.
What a saving Grace of Swami! Bhagavan foresees everything and takes advance steps to protect his devotees. who offer selfless service. when he reported for duty at Dhanbad. they are beneficial. None of his telegrams had reached their hands. if we master them. and who knows what would have happened to him during those fateful days. but had prayed as per Swami's instructions and had been saved every time.My friend confirmed later that when he had to traveling the hill areas of Assam and other border states. you have to choose the beings and things that will help you and to avoid the beings and things that will hinder you. they become our deadly enemies. The senses if we allow them to master us. There was utter confusion everywhere. This is the way of Wisdom. nor had anybody noticed his absence for such a long time. or a sharp knife. Take the electric current. They can be either friends or foes. the first step is 'Selfless Service’. So too. they help us to realize our Goal. They are dangerous if you do not know how to use them. Baba 63 . After along absence. or Fire. all beings and all things are Divine. if only he had been present on duty.but. man can realize the Divinity that is in all this creation Of course. Everything looked so normal as far as his service was concerned. He completed his narration of the experience with a startling disclosure. he had to confront innumerable tight situations. if you know how to handle them discreetly. he came to know that during his absence there was a major disaster caused by floods inside the mines trapping hundreds of staff and workers. Through selfless service. through intelligent analysis. And the major grace he enjoyed was that Swami had detained him under his protection since he used to enter the mines several times. In the Spiritual path.
to discuss something about Samithi affairs. He replied that due to Swami's Grace she had turned around and for the next fifteen minutes. there was no improvement and her health had been deteriorating day by day. Selfless seva pulls Swami to us in our own crisis needs. The condition became so critical that ultimately one evening. many times in my life. when the entire family attended the weekly bhajans. the doctors further enquired into 64 . Meanwhile. what else could be our ambition than making Swami happy? When Swami is happy. having experienced or having come to know the experience by others. By the end of the week. After admitting her into the hospital. I have been very fortunate. On this information. causing anxiety to everybody. He would look after all our· other cares. They are also the ardent worshippers of Lord Ayyappa: both father and son used to undertake pilgrimage to Sabari Hills every year. concerns and welfare.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 22 ANOTHER MIRACULOUS CURE Swami often says that divinity is inherent in all His creation. the doctors pronounced that she might not survive the night. Day-by-day she was sinking. he was explaining to me how Swami's Grace had restored life to his mother. mother. During the next two weeks I did not meet him and was hoping that the mother would have recovered. Service to mankind should be spontaneously offered realizing this resident divinity principle. wife is all very much devoted to Swami and are active workers participating in service activities. As such she had to be hospitalized. I told him not to worry and that Swami would look after his mother. In some of the earlier chapters. it complicated the matters. I casually enquired Balaji as to how was his mother. her condition was still very bad and she was lapsing into a coma stage. One day I went to their flat. Being an acute diabetic. Mr. Balaji is a Seva dal volunteer in T'Nagar Samithi in Madras. By His Grace. I learnt that his mother had been admitted into a hospital. Such seva becomes the highest form of worship "Hands that help are holier than the lips that Pray" is the oft-repeated advice of Swami. brother. We missed them in Samithi Bhajans during the next two weeks I was very happy to see them again later on. the doctors came to know that there was a 'slum' opposite to their residential flat. Being a Sai devotee. A number of tests (including blood rests) revealed no clue or any cause for her present condition of health disorder. This has been the experiences of many a devotee. purchased recently. When somebody feels served and happy by our devoted and loving seva. even without a call or payers. the doctors were making all efforts to identify the reasons for and diagnose her sickness. In spite of the doctor's attendance and consultation and medication. Only Balaji and his wife were there. and the Grace automatically accrues to us. I enquired the whereabouts of his father and mother. Before taking leave. but she was not responding to any medication. She had been suffering from some stomach ailment having frequent loose motions. One day during the casual enquiries and discussions with Shri Balaji. She was very weak and the pulse also started dropping. After everybody had left. He further provides confidence that when we engage ourselves in seva activities as advised by Him. she was under the constant care of the doctors. Yet another such an instance is described in the following pages. it gladdens Swam. all the creation is happy. attempts have been made to inform the readers of few instances of flow of grace to the seva Dals for selfless service. His father.
Might be. There were joy and cheers all over. "We did not and could not do anything to save the lady. The embankments of discipline and duty are swept away by the flood of desires. dawned to a new development. On a doubt. How could this happen! The doctors found a small photograph of Bhagavan Baba on the corner table of the room. for fame. they started praying with intense devotion all the night The next morning. the matters had got complicated Unfortunately.the environmental condition of the locality Pursuing further. for luxurious life. When the doctors came to the ward on the routine round. the doctors found out that pigs used to roam in the nearby places of the flat. Yes. etc. with desires of one kind or another – for wealth. The Balaji family continues to be in Sai Seva and participate in all activities assisting at times in our resource mobilization for major programs. Sundry carvings assail man from all sides at all times. Being a diabetic patient. incessantly. they took some more blood sample of the lady and the same was sent to veterinary hospital for analysts. for social status. Balaji and their family members for being the recipient of Sai's Grace. We all congratulated Mr. were moved to hear of Swami's mercy intervention. But what they saw was simply unbelievable to them. Ultimately and helplessly they had to say this much. by the time. Each one is saturated today from head to foot. it became too late for any further medication as she was sinking and the doctors gave up hope. All the family members had gathered in the hospital and they could do the only possible thing. the cure itself was a big miracle for us to witness". it was the Grace of the Sai Baba whose photograph was on the table. which could have saved their mother. of surrendering to HIM. they did not expect to see the lady alive. the doctors concluded. however. Or might be. The devotees. They looked at the photograph and were wondering. The patient was not only sitting on the bed but was also chatting with her family members. They go on growing in number and force. There was no medical explanation as to how she could have recovered from her helpless condition of the previous night. She might have placed her feet on the excretion of the pigs and could have contact the virus of the animal. the veterinary diagnosis became available. Their fears were confirmed. It was some divine mercy of intervention which had made this possible. who were listening to the narration with me very attentively. Baba 65 .
during Onam celebrations due to the meticulous care and concern taken by devotees. 66 . Prashanthi Nilayam virtually. in a public discourse at Prashanthi Nilayam. Vamana and Parasurama had taken place in this state. Ramesh studied in this school and finished secondary education before joining the degree course in Prashanthi Nilayam Campus. His end came when Lord Vishnu assumed the form of Vamana and placed his Lotus Feet on his head. Taking bath twice everyday and offering Joint prayers in their respective homes has been an age old tradition. is the meaning. And yet they do nor fail to visit their native places and join their family during the Onam festival. My second son. They organize special buses from all over the state. turns into Kerala. Before leaving the earth the King Mahabali sought a boon. to celebrate the Onam every year in the immediate presence of Swami. It is a residential school. that Kerala state has been blessed by Lord Vishnu in His three separate Incarnations. Elders show the way to their young children to sustain and develop the culture of joint prayers.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 23 HE KNOWS WHAT IS BEST. The king was revered and loved by his subjects. who belonged to the family of Prahlada. Swami normally allots 2 or 3 days exclusively for the devotees of Kerala during Onam. as it is known even today. the devotees from Kerala for leaving everything back and reaching at Prashanthi Nilayam. are employed all over the world. Sri S. while touring Kerala. So it is not surprising to see the deepest form of devotion among the Keralities. King Mahabali. For them it is only the Darshan of Swami that matters. Selected Bal Vikas Children. on the main road. pushing him down into Pathala. The Avatar hood of Narasimha. even if they are poor and cannot afford good food and dress. they should eat well on Onam day. about 15 kilo meters north of Calicut in northern Kerala It is said that the great Rabindranath Tagore. This Sathya Sai Vidhya Vihar is situated atop a small hill near a village called Nandi. Though many consider it a harvest festival. 'Kaanam vittrum Onam thinnuga ' is the proverb in Kerala. for decorating Prashanthi Nilayam. was staying on this hill and he had named it "Sri Sailam". Sri Sathya Sai Trust of Kerala had established a Senior Secondary School inaugurated long back by Bhagavan Himself. offer cultural programmes for two or three consecutive days in the Divine Presence. Kerala people are very particular in this matter. With the Divine Grace. not the least worried about the sumptuous special Kerala Onam Feast. People belonging to this state. bringing with them the decorative materials. Swami has mentioned several times. New Delhi(CBSE). "ONAM` is a festival celebrated all over the state of Kerala. He wished to come back to the earth once in a year and see his loving subjects. like Diwali in other parts of India. They put up with the limited facilities available in the Ashram and manage with the food offered at the Canteen. It is believed that King Mahabali visits Kerala every year on Onam day and the people wish to present themselves before him in a happy frame of mind and spirit. Swami once appreciated. Even by selling away their house. affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. it has a spiritual significance. was a noble king though he belonged to the Asura lineage. In the calendar of 365 days a year. They put on their best on this day. from various Samithi centers.
very much bothering the volunteer. we visited our son in the school. Lush green coconut groves dot the place all around. and Instructed that the particular devotee should be asked to leave the premises immediately.C) with branches all over India. They also publish a weekly magazine bearing the same name. Chandran placed the first few copies of the special edition at His Lotus Feet and Swami blessed and returned a few copies to him. A beautiful and peaceful place where the institution nestle0s! Whenever. Barely 30 days after this incident. now known as Kozhikode. Once on top of the hill. I was fortunate to sit next to him during the last conference at Prashanthi Nilayam during Darshan times. One day Swami emerged from His Abode at White field as usual and called out the seva dal and gave him some Instructions. Hence he rushed to the Darshan line and apprehended the devotee. of the Mathru Bhoomi. Even after disclosing Swami's command to leave. The blue waters of the Arabian Sea surround the three sides of the hill. No volunteer would feel happy to leave Swami.T. Since repeated persuasion did not have any effect. This family own one of the biggest transport company in India called Kerala Transport Company (K. a Sai volunteer from Whitefield had talked of the experience of a devotee. awaiting Swami to come out for Darshan. But they could not know. containing beautiful photographs of Bhagavan. as to why Swami was so harsh on that devotee. The volunteer located the devotee and requested him to move away. Chandran gave me a copy blessed by Divine Hands. Days passed. we used to stay in some hotel in the nearby city of Calicut. Besides various other business interests. Chandran is also a devotee of Bhagavan Baba. A magnanimous Mr. Chandran and family who is a leading business man in the city. and many articles authored by eminent Kerala devotees. Swami further said that He would come out for Darshan only after this devotee was removed from the premises. I was wonder struck reading the article as to how Swami showed His mercy to a particular devotee. "Either push him out or you go out" was the stem reprimand. He was surprised to find the devotee whom he 67 . The volunteer returned back. they own one of the biggest vernacular (Malayalam language) daily named 'Mathru bhoomi'. They were in a way the local guardian of our son Mr. Nobody can comprehend the ways in which the Divine Drama is being played. He was left near the railway level crossing gate. V.When my son was studying in this school. They extended all possible help to the boy. Swami gave the volunteer some identifications of a devotee sitting outside. They had no other alternative but to obey the Divine Command. The issue is released during every World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations. Swami was still in Whitefield. and flatly refused to get up. He told the volunteer that he was suffering from the dreaded disease of leprosy and that he would not leave until he had Swami's Darshan and His blessings. An ardent devotee of "Gunrvayurappan " (Deity in the Temple Guruvayur). I attempt below to narrate the incident. Swami's next command was a surprise. even after about a month. The volunteer felt very sad for having to undertake such a job. In one of the articles. P. a growing feeling was there. They bring out special issues of this weekly magazine. or guess at that time that Swami was actually saving that devotee. Mr. With the kind courtesy. Mr. the volunteer was told that somebody was waiting outside the main gate wishing to meet him. When Swami asked him whether the fellow had gone away. he took the help of a couple of others to physically lift this man up and deposit him outside the complex. We became acquainted with one Mr. Ramesh during his period of study at Sri Sailam. The hill itself is full of grown up cashew nut trees. fully dedicated to Swami. I used to visit this place very often with my wife. the view of the breath taking scenery draws you. the volunteer pointed to the reluctance of the devotee to move out. I went through the book the same day. the devotee refused to budge. Devotees were sitting outside.
Swami lifted him and patted on his back and commanded him to go inside for the interview. On the day when he was dragged out and deposited near the railway gate. We cannot even remotely imagine. he fell sleep at this odd hour. standing outside the gate smiling at him. but the very disease itself and those 30 days from then. We are simply to follow His teachings and practice a life as shown by him. To the utter dismay of the volunteer. the devotee could not contain himself any longer. He would come inside only the next day. He could then come back and have Darshan. As Swami was nearing the place. it pained him very much. engaging ourselves in selfless service. He only wanted to personally thank the volunteer for what he had done to him. near the gate. He was worried that the fellow might force his way inside. and told the volunteer that he would not attempt to force himself inside. He was asking himself again and again whether he was such a sinner. But for his action. he would be fully cured. when and/or in what manner the Grace would flow on a devotee. Before long. As he was narrating the incident. Swami told him that it was not his physical body. thereby creating problems for him. not to have even a Darshan of Bhagavan. as Swami was coming out to give Darshan to the devotees. He was weeping profusely. The devotee called out. had the chance of Swami's Darshan in his dream followed by the miraculous cure. True to Swami's assurance and by His Grace. He only wanted to tell him the wonderful experience he had. leaving everything to Him We should know that we are in Divine protection· 68 . He moved along to the nearby Railway station and laid down on one of the concrete benches. he would not have. he had been completely cured now which happened to be the 30th day as foretold by Swami in the dream. This devotee was also enjoying the Divine Darshan though from a distance i. He tried to shun him and go back.e.had pushed out. which He tried to push out. He had a dream in which appeared Swami. who had denied him the Darshan inside. he rushed to Swami and fell at His Feet. there was a hush among the devotees.
Geriatric camp and polio surgical camps. We were struck by the huge gathering of the parents carrying their polio-afflicted children to the camp. The role of the volunteers during the operation and post operation stage would also be very important. They had been trained in that way. After I made it to Madras. It was the year 1982 and in the whole of Madras city there were around 50 volunteers only. In one of the eye camps which I attended for the first time. Others would insist on having the fan. Such medical camps included free eye camps for cataract operation. when we are made to know of this Divine Omni. We even tried to identify the possible patients for each camp. But a lot of preparations had to be undertaken by the volunteers. I was under the impression that it would all be for the doctors to attend to the patients.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 24 THE OMNI – SAI In one of the earlier chapters. I visited 'SUNDARAM' at the first available opportunity. The patients selected for surgical cure were admitted in the make shift wards organized for this purpose. providing sponge bath etc. I had narrated an incident of Sai's Omnipresence. in the hope of setting up an industry of my own. I witnessed such selfless service by the volunteers. Pediatric camps. during that time. I joined the other senior volunteers and visited the slums and the news conveyed house to house. it is altogether blissful. Highly motivated souls indeed! There was the other Polio surgical camp. The seva Dals were highly motivated by the inspiring leadership of the organization. I could never imagine hat there would be so much scope for seva in medical camps. love the patients and do anything possible for their comforts. There are several such experiences for many devotees. by our own experience. The camp did suffer a limitation in reaching the maximum level of perfection since almost all cases needed surgical correction. During night time. The volunteers were posted on a 3. The volunteers posted for the night duty. made them. Dental camps. Madras possessed the advantage of having a huge hall belonging to Sri Sathya Sai Seva Trust where all the camps were conducted. the volunteers would hold out pans and carry it to the bath room. if we switch on the fans some would call out and order us to switch it off. three or even four 69 . with differing demands and needs. On the day of the camp. The duties included assistance to the patients in answering call of nature. The volunteers had also to handle all the paramedical work including dispensing. First of all the message about the camp had to be reached to the poor and needy who lived in the city slums. it was totally a new experience for me. And yet. Even in the middle of the night. The seva. when somebody wanted to pass urine. When I started participating in the above medical camps. would not have problems. Those days. the service activities were mainly in the sphere of Health & Hygiene Several medical camps were being organized by the Madras Samithi in addition to the weekly free clinics run by it. the patients would have to be received and registered. The attitudes and expectations of the patients were of different kinds and each one needed care and attention till his or her turn came. and enrolled myself as a Seva Dal volunteer. even this limited number of volunteers could achieve satisfying results in their seva activities. The patients operated for cataract were very old and poor. No wonder. In some cases.shift basis so that they could give round the clock nursing and attendance. were seen fanning the patients individually by hand fans so that the others who did not want.
I was very much thrilled to know that we were to sit in the front line with Divine permission. Sri. perhaps they have been the best in organizing service activities in the best ever possible manner. we should dress neatly like a bridegroom. It requires special skill to mobilize the limited manpower resources and attain greater heights of selfless service. I told that since Swami had permitted us to sit in the first line. Early next morning we got up and finished our morning bath and were getting dressed. especially so when they were in severe pain after surgery. "Venkatesan is my son" About three years back both of us visited Prashanthi Nilayam on some important assignment. I have seen. During the initial period when I joined the seva dal in Madras. Participation in seva activities. Maapillai). There were many occasions when we had worked together. would please our Lord. He had to instill faith in the volunteers and motivate them by his personal example. G. Having finished the job.Krishnamoorthi used to deliver talks on Swami. The selected children were admitted into the make shift wards. During my initial period of seva. embedded in spirituality alone. without spiritual discipline and involvement. so much activities were undertaken. The first duty of the volunteers was to carry the children to the bathrooms and give them a good bath. Sri Sathya Sai Seva organizations offer unique opportunities. With such a small group of dedicated volunteers.parts of the limps were to be cut open. He used to tell that Swami had said many a time.G. He had the uncanny ability to build a team and then lead them to the highest perfection. The same evening he told us that he had informed Swami of our intention to return and also had obtained permission from Swami for us to sit in the front line for Darshan. Such advice from the senior devotees impacted on us and with small numbers we were able to perform great things in seva. our then. We were staying in a private lodging in the Chitravathi Road. Naturally all the patients could not be accommodated and we felt sorry to return back many of them. We used to meet at SUNDARAM every Saturday night. If one is to undertake seva. The volunteers had to prepare the children carefully for the operation. the enthusiasm would not last long. we were preparing to return to Madras. District President. stressing importance of selfless seva. My friend replied that Swami had told him earlier that 70 . and they were major operations on a mass scale. Managing the individual seva Dals in group activity would be very difficult especially in a voluntary organization. One has to participate in such a seva to experience the joy and the mental satisfaction flowing from it. the next morning. We had a difficult time in persuading them to go back. and we informed the Secretary of the Central Trust accordingly. then there would be no difference between the seva attitude by Swami’s organization and that of the various other organizations. The organization in Madras have a number of senior most devotees of Swarm. Sri. any service activity would not yield the desired result of Swami's Grace. He used to advise us that without a spiritual practice in life and discipline. T. the children were also very difficult to handle. and that without the spiritual approach. It requires an inspired leadership to motivate and get maximum seva from individual volunteers. I found that my friend was trying to wear the same dress of the previous day. (in Tamil. As in the case of the elders. usefully channelizing the time and efforts of the seva Dals volunteers to offer maximum seva and derive joy. the number of seva dal members in the city was around 50 plus only. Venkatesan was our leader. He used to narrate several of his experiences in the Divine Presence. The nails had to be trimmed and hair shampooed Before they were wheeled to their wards. In addition to the briefing for the next day activities.
"I told you that I am Swami's son and not the bridegroom and Swami was joking on your remarks" We have already known that Swami is Anthariyami and also Omnipresent. Swami continued to smile at me for another few seconds and then moved away from us. Mr. I felt immensely happier by Swami’s remarks than by getting any possible Pada Namaskar. Venkatesan further told that Swami was only trying to prove that he was with us in the Lodge when we were discussing about the dress. 71 . Swami had entered into the Interview room with the chosen devotees and the music also stopped when the door was closed behind Swami. and then He uttered. Bhaskaran. "Emi Pellikkoduku"? I could not understand the Telugu language and hence could not make out anything. and stood in front of us. I was excited to know what was the meaning of Swami's words. I was also smiling back at Swami. Everybody was very eager to have Swami nearer to them as early possible. After passing through the Ladies' side. We were ushered into the front line just opposite where the general public used to sit. There was not much time left for Swami to arrive. And yet when we get confirmation of the fact through our own direct experience. (Pellikoduku means Bridegroom) Mr. Just about two feet away Swami was looking at me with His Divine charming smile. The college staff. My friend Mr. I felt that it was a long way for Swami to cover and it would take more time. and slowly reached the place where we were sitting. Venkatesan who speaks Telugu very well explained that Swami was asking me if I was the bridegroom. was sitting Just behind me and he was trying to convey to me that Swami was asking me something. who was our District President in Madras. Soon after we had taken our seats.) We terminated our dialogue at that point and proceeded towards the Mandir for Darshan. We knew Swami would be coming very soon. the soft instrumental music started. Swami moved on towards the Gents. Like an innocent fool. senior students and other old devotees were sitting on our block.he is Swarmi's Pillai (son) and hence I could only be the maapillai (bridegroom. All our eyes were glued towards the Poomachandra Auditorium to have the first glimpse of the Divine Form. we feel happy.
I was made to realize this aspect following an experience forced on me. My partner claimed huge cash compensation in settlement. till I was about 55 years old. SAI VENKATESA Thirumala Hills in Tirupathi is a very well known. he had already started some other minor business and he had no financial problems. I found it very difficult to maintain my family. I had taken an youngster. Ultimately we took a small place on rental there and commenced production. He agreed. called the Sholingeswar. I told him that I would need some time to think over the matter. The presiding Deity is Lord Narasimha one of the ten Avatars of Vishnu According to the scriptures. But the Deity in the Sholingar. Brakes India Limited. Our Lord. the divinity of Lord Venkateswara in Tirupathi temple is our Swami Himself. Sai had revealed that He is the embodiment of all forms and names. Our clients had problems of quality control on our products. and I could go nowhere to raise such a sum. On a particular Friday 72 . Until this experience.. with me who had contributed his mite towards a part of capital investment and became a partner in the company. Narasimha is dreadful in lion headed form. One day my partner informed me that he wanted to go back to Bombay and wanted immediate settlement of his accounts. there is a small beautiful temple. Even the Gods from the heavens did not dare to go near the Lord. I had never been to Tirupathi. He was very energetic and intelligent and had the capacity to run the factory with utmost skill. We had to make daily supplies of shell cores to Brakes India Ltd. only the child devotee. from all parts of India and even from overseas countries. and we found the transportation of the materials everyday from Madras to be too expensive and resulting in damages also. renowned pilgrim center.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 25 SRINIVASA. We used to conduct Bhajans in our house every Friday. and hence insisted that we should establish a small unit at Sholinghur. I did not have any reserve funds. attending the programmes of the Samithi and reading Sai literature. one of the TVS group of companies. Atop the big hill. One of our main clients were M/s. When I moved over from Bombay to Madras to set up a business. perhaps the biggest in our country attracting millions of devotees all through the year. During those difficult days I had stopped visiting the factory and stayed in the house. is seen sitting calmly in Yoga posture and hence called as Yoga Narasimha. As such. This place is a famous pilgrim center particularly for the vaishnavaites. but made it clear that till the settlement was over we would not be eligible for any monthly withdrawals for personal expenses. We were drawing minimum amounts for our maintenance and the entire earnings from four years of running the industry. He took away the cheque book with him Without my knowledge. The only activity of mine was. The developments that followed. having killed the invincible Asura Hiranya Kasibu. The stalemate continued for more than 3 months. Everything went on well during the early periods. Prahlad could go to Him. had been ploughed back into the business. The trouble started when we had built up assets like factory shed and had developed an excellent goodwill in the industrial circles. They had their foundry at a place called Sholingar about 120 kilometers away from Madras. proved that Swami was doing what was best for me and at the Same time imparting certain spiritual knowledge to me in His own subtle way. as we had no relatives in Madras to help us out.
that I did not recognize any other form of God as worthy of worshipping. Mrs. The doctor on duty diagnosed that it was a case of dehydration and that my pulse was very week. with one of my brothers in Bombay. I am lifting you up. I had never visited Tirupathi and could not fulfill the prayer of my mother. In fact she was with us during the Bhajan that evening. it would not be good for the family. And Swami made the next move! My aged mother was still living at that time. When you become zero. and Prashanthi Nilayam was the only place of pilgrimage. Mrs. I had to go to bathroom several times. So she was praying for a boy child this time. that at that point of time. since I believed that Swami is the embodiment of all names and forms. I had developed diarrhea and by the time the Arati was over. my son had rushed to her house. As Swami was sounding into me the above words. Parvathi was sitting in a chair by the side of the bed and was reading some book on Swami. A lady. the problem had become very acute. I felt somebody was calling and actually lifting me up holding my hands. I was helpless and allowed her to look after me. It was about 8 PM and a doctor was available just below our flat. Only Sai was my God. which is one of the many names of Lord Venkateswra. and had brought her. was calling me and lifting me. She was keeping vigil on me and did not have any wink during the entire night though she was to resume duty the next morning. Even at this stage Swami appeared as if in dream. He was advising "When you are reduced to a helpless situation. Madras. Somebody had told her. a boy. This sudden set back in health was only a temporary phenomenon. He was consoling me not to worry. By around 9 P. Even in the partnership crisis. Though I was aged 55. I come and give you my hand and Lift you up. The next morning I felt better and I was discharged and brought back home. Yes. but my father was already bearing that name. As Swami was telling that "I am lifting you up". which I gave to the harmonist who used to assist us in the Bhajan. Because of my intense faith. I was slowly regaining consciousness. She wanted to call me by the name of Lord of Tirupathi. But Swami turned it into a tremendous opportunity to infuse in me the wonderful concept and practice of saranagarhi (surrender). and this process continued till morning. if a girl were to be born. when the Bhajan was going on as usual. Hence she named me Srinivasan. Parvathi Ram was then working as a senior nurse in the Apollo Hospitals. She used to plead with me to go to Tirupathi and 73 . I had ceased to worry. Don 't be ashamed of being a zero. Venkateswara. She had further taken a vow in the name of the same Lord that she would bring me to the temple and offer my hair. I had in fact only a small amount with me. the Lord takes over your care under His control. and waited for Swami to take control of the situation. She had recalled to me several times that she had gone to Tirupathi walking all the way and climbing the hills when she was carrying me in her pregnancy. I became unconscious. I did not have any money left with me. It was at that time. I was fanatically so strong in my devotion to Sai. who had adopted me as her dear elder brother.during the period of the crisis. It took another couple of days for complete recovery. I had no interest left in me to visit other temples and go on pilgrimages to sacred places. In no time she arranged to take me to the Apollo Hospital and admitted me in an emergency ward.M. And her prayers were answered and I was born. and up". Parvathi was trying to lift me from the bed. I had nothing else to do. but I did not have any money to pay either for consultation or for purchasing any tablets. the condition became too severe and I collapsed on the bed. I left everything unto Him since I was myself a zero without any capacity to tackle the issue by myself I resorted to reading of Sai literature very vigorously. Looking at my condition. There had been several such instances of His mercy in my life. After becoming a devotee of Sai. Mentally I gained strength and my faith in Sai. Now you have no penny left with you and are a ZERO. I started having visions of my old mother in my dream very regularly. They put me under glucose drip treatment.
I started pondering over the importance of that teaching. This is what we learn from Sai. it is your duty to fulfill the vow taken in the name of God. I tried to wriggle out of my conscious obligation towards keeping up the promise made to the divinity. Brakes India Ltd.offer my hair to the Lord and fulfill her prayers before she left the body. I promised that I would proceed to Tirupathi very soon and fulfill the vow of my mother to shave off my head. On my assurance. I took another book at random for my daily reading. And my adopted sister Parvathi came to my rescue She offered a sizable amount as a temporary loan so that I could meet the commitment and come out of the crisis. I felt as if somebody had slapped me. and affirmed my words of promise. In the evening when the establishment was closed for the day. it is the duty of the devotee to keep his words. He stopped the vehicle and looking back at me asked whether I was serious about that offer. as we are. including the raw materials and the machinery as compensation. Though he had not given any word. I told him that I was willing to offer the workshop at Sholingar with the available assets there. I asked him as to why we should not part as friends in the policy of live and let live. There it was! In one His Divine discourses. I became emboldened knowing fully well that Swami was with me. I did not know what transpired in his mind and how he took it. an idea developed in my mind. he fixed up the next day to draw up the deed of retirement and settlement. I further promised him that the business with M/s. things started moving very fast. It begins with a question from Swami. shook hands with me and walked out of the factory. Lord Sri Rama was very eager to fulfill the promises made by His Father King Dasaralha ". Half way through. He always forgives and protects His devotees. and all the liabilities would be absorbed by me. the socalled intelligence tried to interpret that I had never made such a prayer." Instantly I knew that Swami was teaching me another lesson on the importance of adhering to Sathya (the truth).. I decided that I would assert my authority in the company affairs. leaving me behind as the sole proprietor of firm There was still a small balance amount of cash compensation to be paid to another minor partner. I asked my partner to give me a lift in his scooter up to the nearest bus stand from where I could take a bus to my house. When once. At once. I prayed for forgiveness. 74 . without debating whether Lord Balaji is interested in your hair or not. would also be diverted to him. It happened to be "Rama Katha Rasa Vahini” Again on casually opening a page these were the words staring at me. "Did Lord Sri Rama make any promise any time to go to forest? And yet He made up his mind to relinquish the throne and joyfully proceeded to forest. I got up from the chair. I was wrong again Swami did not allow me to escape. l accidentally stumbled upon a paragraph. But then why such prayers are made? Swami further explains that whether the Lord require your hair or not. I knelt before the Bhagavan’s picture and prayed that I should be for given. But egoistic human beings. " If you do not keep up the word to Lord how can any one expect that you will keep your promise to human beings? As such. Early next morning after my pooja was over. I understood the implications of those lines. I happened to be reading a book of Swami as usual It was 'Sri Sathya Sai Speaks' but I do not remember which volume it was. I did not have liquid cash. I could by then think very clearly and come to certain conclusions. The very next day. and proceeded to the place where Bhagavan’s photos were kept for daily pooja and prayers. "Does Lord Balaji need your hair?" Swarm answers that the Lord does not want you hair. Nevertheless the frequent dreams of my mother continued. It is better to obey the command of the Lord implicitly than using our own half-baked intelligence to analyze the pros and cons. I decided that I would go to the factory. Why should I not? I was still one of the partners of the company and I had equal rights in the company. But I was trying to be ‘rationalistic’! Is Lord Balaji (Venkateswara) going to be benefited in any way by the offer of my Hair? Then why is this sentiment about all the foolish sentimental prayers? God is not going to punish if the hair is not offered. The very next day he signed the documents.
While we were coming out of the sanctum. after receiving sacred theertham. I was weeping. scores of devotees were streaming in chanting 'Govinda. It was just a coincidence that we were first to go in. we were on our way to Tirupathi. the metallic gold covered flag post. He had also taught me a few lessons on saranagathi principle. We left the temple and checked into a lodge. The priests became alert and directed us to get up.Left alone in the factory. I am waiting for you". I also informed my wife about the developments and asked her to be ready so that we could leave for Tirupathi as soon I reached home. As we passed through the barricaded line. I had never gone to this hill temple. We did not know the rule. At last we reached the main Gopuram and then the Dwajasthamba. Lord Venkateswara standing there majestically. When we arrived atop the hill. Later on I was told that. Govinda'. since there were some celebrations in the Pushkarini (temple tank). When once I had surrendered. My wife followed suit. The taxi driver later took us to the place where we had to purchase the entrance tickets for the special Darshan. My partner had signed the deed and left the premises by 4. we went to the temple and had one more Darshan. the Darshan had been temporarily suspended for a few hours. 75 . he took control of the situation and did what was best for me. say by 5. I was in dazed condition. In the end. I was in a state of bliss. I ran in and fell down prostrating. nor did we care for any such rules at that time. it was almost night and we decided to have our night food in one of the nearby hotels. I was full of tears as I heard this. He had found the solution in His own way. even if we opt for special Darshan for which a charge is levied.00 PM and within an hour. and dashed into the sanctum. As mentioned earlier. and we should accept all forms of various gods. Only a day before I had promised to Swami that I would gladly fulfill the vow of my mother and within 24 hours I had been rescued miraculously from a knotty situation for which I could not think of any solution. there were none to be seen. come. I felt that I heard him calling me "Come my son. The things had moved very fast. I tried to recall all the events that went past during the last ten days or so. I did not forget the promise I made to Bhagavan the day earlier. We were persuaded to leave the sanctum. I knew that it was all the Grace of Bhagavan Baba. I called for a barber and got my head shaved neatly. From the factory I telephoned to a travel agency and organized a tourist taxi so that we could proceed to Tirupathi the same day. the net result of the long period of agony proved to be beneficial.OOPM. as the form and name are Sai Himself. equal to that of my visit to Prashanthi Nilayam. There is a rule that nobody could offer Namaskar inside the sanctum. We did not find anybody in the queue. This Leela of our Swami taught me taught a lesson that we should not be fanatic in our devotion. Or was it a coincidence at all? Lord Himself had developed the situation with perfect timing! We felt grateful to Swami for making our first visit to Tirupathi so blissful. But I had heard from several friends that we would have to wait several hours in the large queue boxes. Early next morning. After taking bath. after resumption of Darshan. As we were entering the sacred sanctum we could clearly have the darshan of the beautiful Deity. enjoying every moment of it. Somehow I could feel an overwhelming enthusiasm within me in going on this special pilgrimage to Tirupathi. While He had willed to do something for my own good. and an impossible solution had been found instantly and I could be of my own in the business. I felt as if our Swami was actually calling me. We got our tickets and were shown the entrance point of the queue. Still nobody was seen. There were a few priests in the passage. identifying myself as a big ZERO.
SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 26 THEY WERE LIBERATED There are instances when Bhagavan Baba had given extension of life to some devotees. hours after they had died. After a couple of years. After relinquishing the post as District President.e. And yet in some cases. Sai. liberating them from the cycle of birth and death. Both of them derived great joy in giving sumptuous food to all those who visited their house. 'Athithi Devo bhava ' is one of the dictums of Vedas and they followed this dictum enthusiastically. By the next day. Bhaskar was sitting in an easy chair in the verandah and was reading a paper. Swami had given His Darshan when they were to breath their last and Swami made the transition less painful and the passing blissful. Mr. He was the District President of Sri Sathya Sai Organizations in Madras.Bhaskar and His wife were affectionately called by us. Even now. Later on. Mr. When somebody passes away. Amma continues to treat her guests with sumptuous food.Bhaskar was returning home I found him dressed in a new white safari 76 . I went to his residence at Parthi in the round building. it seemed that he had an heart attack. Mother). Mr.Bhaskar was nominated by Swami as one of the members of Sri Sathya Sai Trust of Tamil Nadu. I could not forget the next day in my life. Suddenly he collapsed. Bhaskar insisted that my friend Sri. The morning Darshan was over and Mr. and after a while he recovered. To many devotees. G. He had. I wish to narrate the cases of couple of such devotees. They never got tired of this seva. It was a long wait. We stayed back and spent some more time with him. He traveled the same night in a bus along with us. We always cherish the days when we worked under him. Venkatesan and myself should have lunch in their house the next day without fail. but was discharged from the general hospital the same day. K. even brought some other back to life. After the morning Darshan and devotional songs were over. his condition had become very serious and he had to be admitted in the Railway Hospital in Madras. During the chat. after keeping him in Oxygen for a couple of hours. Or attained the Paramapadham. We agreed and accepted the invitation. by His Grace. Or reached Sri Vaikuntam. M. and Mr. He was waiting for that opportunity. he was always strict. The Lord takes special care to give them a blissful end. Bhasakar who enforced strict discipline in the organization without fear or favour. we normally say that so and so has attained the Lotus Feet. Sri. Vibhuthi was applied on him. You cannot find anybody more vigilant than Mr. Mr. taken some blessed souls unto HIM. (the abode of Lord Vishnu. as Achhan (i. Mrs. Yes. On hearing our frightened call. had by His compassion. and yet was a very kind hearted man. Bhaskaran shifted their residence to Prashanthi Nilayam. engaged in various service activities. G. Venkatesan and myself were standing in the queue outside the canteen for our breakfast. Sri. which a devotee meets in this earthly sojourn. Swami had assured that He would give him a good job at Parthi. Bhaskar was a retired Senior Railway Officer. while he was in Parthi. Once. Or reached the Holy Kailash (the abode of Lord Shiva). indicates the level of surrender and the degree of devotion he has reached. The end. in spite the old age and restricted movements.e. his wife came out and prayed to Swami. it was the Holy festival of Shivarathri day. By the Grace of Swami he recovered very soon. father) and Amma (i.
Bhaskar.Bhaskar was sitting on a chair just inside along the wall. hoping that Swami might give him the promised job that day. Kasthuri Rangan slipped sideways on to the laps of another singer named. Mr.Bhaskar was sitting. as it is the practice in Sai Bhajans. for the blessed Pada Namaskar. Swami had finished the interview for the chosen devotees and came out of Mandir. and Mr. He was a member of our T'Nagar Samithi. Immediately after finishing the song. as Swami walked amongst the gents seva Dals. on that particular Saturday. which terminated just where Mr. What a beautiful end to a devoted soul! The end happened. he would have memories of his wife and family at that critical time. All the eyes were glued to Swami and nobody noticed Mr. He was always very regular in attending the weekly bhajans at Sundaram Temple. who had completed Prashanthi Seva for about a week.Bhaskar falling down from the chair. Kasthuri Rangan had already passed away. He was a regular lead singer in the Samithi. Bhagavan Baba enquired as to Mr. We promised to do so. Kailash who tried to pop him up. Instantly we knew something was wrong. doctor pronounced that Mr. That song came to an end and the first line was resumed in slow rhythm. Perhaps a person who is away from Swami could still be a close devotee of Swami. On arrival at the hospital. Mr. As is the discipline in Sai Organizations.dress. As Swami mentioned later on. the Bhajan was going on. Padam'. He was earlier a senior executive with Manali Refineries Ltd. We knew him just as another devotee and a good singer. He got up blissfully and was trying to sit on the chair again. and opted to retire on voluntary retirement scheme. Kasthuri Rangan was singing. the Bhajan continued. Swami. 77 . Swami even undertook to organize all the religious rituals as per the customs of the family for Mr. were sitting outside. immediately after taking Pada Namaskar.Bhaskar attained the Lotus Feet. Kasthuri Rangan. and he used to reach there early so that he could enter the hall and sit almost behind the Bhajan singers. I wish to add one more such an episode. Bhaskar had died as a chairman (sitting in a chair) and not as sick man in the bed. while walking along a row. Mr. Kasthuri Rangan was lifted by a few devotees and taken to a clinic in a car. The senior doctors from the Super Specialty Hospital who were there for Darshan rushed to him but could not revive the heart. The weekly Bhajan at T'Nagar Samithi was regularly conducted on Saturday evenings. But in the end he proved to be very close to Swami. Swami allowed him to touch His Lotus Feet. The seva dal volunteers. at Madras. almost in front of us. while taking Pada Namaskar. inside the compound of the Mandir premises. As usual. Mr. The Bhajan was going on. How else can we explain this liberation other than by calling it that "Mr. But he was falling down sliding from the chair as soon as he managed to sit. I was witnessing the event quite dazed. Mr.Bhaskar what he wanted." There was glory to the devotee even in his end. If the end had come the previous day. But Swami extended his life by one more day and had willed that the end should come in His very Presence. Swami had often said that physical proximity to Him might not indicate that the person is a great devotee.Bhaskar left the body with nothing else in his mind other than Swami. It was morning Bhajan time in the Mandir. We were standing outside the compound wall and Mr. We did not know how deep-rooted devotion he had for Swami. Here the name of the devotee was Mr. that too. from Madhya Pradesh. The ears were listening to the Bhajan while the eyes were feasting on the Divine Form of Bhagavan and the body just had physical contact with the Divine. He spotted us in the queue and told us very sternly that we should go to their house for lunch without fail. He replied 'Swami.
Only Swami had known the depth of devotion and had liberated him. each worker in each center must contribute his share of cool. We have heard of the stories of many singer devotees in our scripture like. Vittal. how is it possible for you to realize God? At the present time. You should not plunge into a passion over it and let things blaze into a quarrel or a factional split. exercising love and tolerance. poverty or richness. of reaching the Feet of the Lord through the _expression of love. when we see all over the country. Meera. He must always be eager to share the sorrows -and what is more difficult . between one person and another. But this Sai devotee had cast away his body immediately after finishing his singing. Tolerance. Kasthuri Rangan should have been. Unless you cultivate Love. you must set it right among yourselves. -----. Recognize that you are engaged in the exercise of widening your hearts. fear and anxiety. Sri Krishna Chaithanya and all.the job of others. calm Love to suppress the anger and fury. confusion. by love and brotherliness. A blissful divine end of a devotee with Lord's Name dancing in his mouth ! Every worker in this Organization must rid himself of the idea of separateness or distinction. Faith and Reverence. Humility.Baba 78 . My desire is that whenever any slight misunderstanding arises among you. Purandhara Das. Mr.What a great devotee. on the basis of Caste or Creed. NO Government authority can suppress it effectively and as quickly as you can.
friend or foe. the power of speech. We should use these special faculties bestowed on us.. by using any one of these special powers of Thrikarana then it is a sin. When you think good for somebody. as such bad thoughts.e. wherever we live. On the contrary if you pray for him. This also gets consumed gradually. we should not feel unconcerned about it. the minus) marks slowly to a level of O (zero) and then the further continuing efforts (sadhana) put you on the positive side of plus marks. or utter anything which may cause unhappiness to others and act in the way which causes harm to others. known or unknown. Nobody can escape from such bad actions and we have to endure the effects. three special faculties which is not given to any other living beings. if some benefit could result to others. and deed. : Manas Ekam. Therefore. think good of him. It is always carried forward. These three faculties are called “Thri karna” in Sanskrit language. There is only one way to come out of the bad karma which is like a negative mark earned by us.e. Then the life will be blissful without any blemish and will attract divine grace. the power of thinking. This has to be a constant endeavor. it would earn plus points. all these three should function in unison in ones life. Swami beautifully analyzed the theory of papam & punyam. the sin and the merit. in which I had the chance to be in. Swami always advises that one should say only what he thinks and do only what he says. then it becomes a merit (Punyam) It earns you the Grace of Lord. undergoing suffering. word. life after life unless and until the accumulations are liquidated.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 27 THE SEVA SADHANA In one of the group interviews. other than you or your relatives. Even if we curse somebody or think evil of somebody there is a minus accrual. Now what is sin (Papam)? If we cause any harm to any body. unpleasant words and harmful acts corrupt the Thri Karna Sudhi. We should not even think bad about others. It is always in minus. One goes on enjoying its fruit till the accumulated punya is in balance. we have to be careful and cautious in our thought. For example. word and deed. God has bestowed on the humanity. or your action. Likewise. We often say that we are suffering because of bad Karmas Suffering Is Karma bound the result of bad action ( i. used by us with utmost care and to the best use of the society. Vachasyekam. sins) are known as bad karma. or give benefits to somebody at least by your words. They are. We have to earn enough plus marks by practicing Sath Karma (pious deeds) and gradually reduce the minus mark. we can also attempt to do some good to others by our mere spoken words. and the power of performing. We are suffering in life because of accumulated Papas (Sins) committed either earlier in this life or in our previous births. Likewise some enjoy the fruit of their good acts earned during this life and also the previous lives. then plus mark accrues. When we find somebody. you 79 . Karmanyekam is called THRI KARANA SUDHI’. helps to bring down the negative (i. Contrarily by the use of these three faculties. A constant practice of Sath Karma. The thought.
But still it is desirable to allot a few hours for seva every week.e. It is also necessary that all family members should join together and conduct Bhajan in our own homes. This also gets you merits. with the underlying feeling that the seva we are doing is an attempt to please the Lord. We can see. But what is missing in their effort is the spiritual base in the thought. We can undertake seva even in a small way. "Recognize the divinity in all living beings and offer seva. the very first step insisted by Swami is to do pooja. blended with spiritual practices. Swami will also be happy. it becomes the highest form of yoga. Sadhana Paving the way for your good virtue. You can consider the detergent as seva and the water as spirituality. we should only perform and move on. Even in the 9-point code of conduct. We can. a dry soap or detergent powder cannot be used for removing: the dirt. Remember the name always and do your sadhana. and we have no rights and certainly no rights for fruits of action. He urges us to do seva. . Other rules are also mentioned such as Narayana Seva. Says Baba In performing seva.the seva yoga. And this seva becomes holier than the worship of the Lord. by our action. feeding the poor. which is higher than any other yoga and it bestows the Grace and leads you to liberation". the devotees singing Bhajans whenever they are engaged in group activities. Next we should attend Bhajans. Nagar Sankeertans etc arranged by the Organization. Sri Sathya Sat Seva Organizations helps the devotees to canalize their energy and work together in offering seva. Swami said. but first step is to evolve ourselves into spiritual beings.e. Your only intention is to please Lord. according to Swami. We may be busy in our work places. we can recommend him to someone known to us and help him to get a job and thereby his earning. Swami further explained by another beautiful example. as to how spiritualism and seva are to be blended. When service is offered. however small it may be.. word and deed. and they may do it on a much large scale. "We wash our clothes to remove the dirt from it. We have to show our earnestness and while we initiate the first few spiritual practices. offering service to society. attention to our character building and so on. Without expecting the fruits of action. In case you try to wash the cloths only in the water i. We should feel very humble when we are engaged in activity. By our mere "spoken” words. So when you expect the grace of God and a way for liberation. Then we do not look for the fruit of seva. then Swami will take further steps towards us to make us fully eligible for Divine Grace.find somebody remaining unemployed for a very long period and he is in distress. we have to undertake seva backed up with spiritual practices" This is the basic philosophy of Sai. We need both water and detergent to achieve the result. within our capacity. and this feeling in turn takes you step by step towards liberation. With such a spiritual back up. prayers and meditation every day morning. We have only duties. As such 80 . What do we do? We mix the detergent in the water and then use the solution for washing. it becomes the highest form of Yoga and worship. There is a risk of EGO rearing its monstrous head. engage ourselves constantly in selfless service to the society which is the highest level of Seva. but backed by spiritual practices. We should follow thus practice and engage in nama smarana even while we are busy with domestic work. Swami has declared what will please Him the most He says that when other people in general are happy by your service. it will nor derive the desired result. Likewise. when you are constantly engaged in service activities: We have to be very watchful and alert. if we offer any service. Spirituality. Sathsang and reading of Sai literature will also help to imbibe spiritual knowledge and practice. Swami does not accept it if we 'talk' about the service we offer. i. the spiritual practices also become important. There are various organizations. We may have our own problems in our house.
But the moment you uttered these words to your friend. He stopped and was looking back to spot me. A fellow devotee is sitting next to your seat. without duty. I saw the smile on his face and I believed that was the best reward. We should cheerfully undertake seva without any selfish or other motives and prompting. Impulsively. the most difficult jobs. You open your mouth and tell him that you had just asked the cashier to feed the beggar and had paid for it. During the years of Sai seva. At this time. After helping him out to reach the steep road. We come to know very well that but for His grace and intervention the job could not have been accomplished. the message comes down and does not reach God and you do not get any benefit out of your charity. He is there to remove all the hurdles and we can experience the signs of His Grace. Swami says that the devotee engaged in seva. You felt that you had done a great charity that day. Sooner the Lord will take note of it. in Madras. "Love without Duty is Divine. instead of speaking about it. More than doing a seva. The cart man felt the relief in pulling the load over the gradient road. Suppose you could not contain your mind. I noticed an old cart man who was pulling a hand cart. His legs were slipping. Since you did not utter a word about this to the beggar. and the guidance provided by Swami Himself several times. " Swami has very often. I wish to recall a petty event to illustrate how we can bring happiness to a fellow citizen. it is important to keep the action within ourselves and offer the same to Lord. It was illustrated with a beautiful and imaginary example. After finishing the lunch. On this point. Suppose that we are proceeding to Prashanthi Nilayam by a bus. which characterize one's performance of duty: "Duty with Love is desirable. Seva is done out of our own inner urge and having done it. I was trying to cross the Mount Road. On the way. The Divine Grace flows unto you automatically. Grace will accrue on its own. This has been my personal experience several times. there could be many hurdles in the way while attending to the assignments given to us. This is the true Service without Duty. At times. We should not give shelter to the feeling that by our seva somebody is getting the benefit. which is supreme. I moved over and started pushing the cart from behind.we should try to make other people happy by our devoted seva and then Swami is happy. all the passengers alight in front of a hotel for having lunch. the road takes a steep rise approaching a bridge. the net benefit out of this charity is lost. nay many times. just opposite "The Hindu" news paper office to reach the Government Estate. and this realization brings us more and more joy. we should leave the matter at that. You pay some extra money to the cashier and ask him to give food to that beggar and go to the bus and occupy your seat. I had tried to follow the above principles. Duty without Love is deplorable. unable to move the cart due to heavy load and gradient. 81 . is himself benefited by this act. But when we surrender everything to Him and then engage in seva. In case you had told the beggar that you had paid enough money to the cashier and that he would give you food. Some years ago. stressed the importance of performing selfless seva. you should forget the whole episode of your charity and carry on with your travel. you are making payment at cash counter and notice a beggar sitting outside. Swami has referred to three types of methods and attitudes. He was surprised and looked back His eyes were sparkling with gratitude. apparently to thank me. which make us think. that we are up against a blank wall. We should understand that it is not for the sake of Swami that we are engaging ourselves in seva. Very often. I did not give him that chance. By this way we experience Swami through and through. the message of your action is moving upwards to God. I walked off. it is sheer love. are tackled beyond our expectation and the ananda (bliss) we derive out of it is beyond all expressions.
"Look at this man! He has become a great Sai Bhaktha" . Another important factor. If only we could follow the dictums and engage ourselves in selfless service. which we should remember is that. march straight on. When we are given a chance to work in the organization. "Look at him with his japa and Bhajan !'' But have your vision steady and your WiII strong. Duty & Discipline" These three are basic norms emphasized very-often by Bhagavan. we should understand that we are only a tool and that we should feel happy to know that we got the chance. Do not pay heed to others who may ridicule you. but also in the mind when you engage yourselves in service. not only in the work. we should subject ourselves to the discipline of the organization. They may point you to others and laugh. Follow regular sadhana in order to control the senses and the emotions. for your changed way of life. we should keep it within ourselves. God is only looking for the quality. Our only duty is to engage in the activity to the best of our ability as per instruction of the leaders. God’s Grace wiII automatically come to us.It is not a question of how big a seva you have done. BABA 82 . "Devotion. When we get the chance to do the individual seva. Do not deviate.
Our love is conditional based on our relationships. Even a person of very hard nature responds to love. Man is by very nature love personified. As all of us know. Shanthi. in fact. son. But the divine love is not conditional It is selfless. should be. richer than Kubera. Swami is. To develop universal love. with the human values informing both our view and way of life. the most valuable asset of Baba is Love. Our love to God should also be selfless. How do we go about it ? According to Bhagavan it is very simple. depending upon the degree of attachment with each one of them.. 'Premaswarupullara' addresses Swami very often. one-way or the other. we have to first realize that the universe is only a manifestation of Divinity. it will be very easy and almost automatic to develop the other values. the Lord of wealth. When you love somebody it is always reciprocated. Bhagavan declared that He is the richest person in the world. in a study circle meeting. and that Divinity is inherent in all living beings. Love generates Love. If only the prime value of universal Prema is fostered and developed in our life. Our efforts. We love our family members. It was said that during period of His boyhood. nay. In the 83 . because they happen to be our wife/husband. and in the same way. Even the most dry hearted human being or for that sake even any wild animal exhibit sparks of love in their own way.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 28 GOD IS LOVE. Love is a mutual feeling. to purify our chitha by removing the accumulated dirt slowly so that the ever present quality of love surfaces in all our thoughts and deeds. in the universe itself. But the self and the desires of the self have come to grip our thoughts and actions in our lives. It is only the consistent spiritual sadhana which slowly and steadily leads us up to a level in which we are able to transcend the narrow frontiers of selfish love into the vast expanse of divine love enveloping the whole of humanity. Swami further clarified that His richness does not consist of money or materials. Sathya. Prema and Ahimsa. daughter. He is the embodiment of Love itself. while delivering Divine discourses to the gathering. I remember a story narrated by a senior devotee in Madras. "Love is selflessness and self is lovelessness. LIVE IN LOVE In one of the His Divine discourses. as we love God Swami also invariably emphasizes the need to have expansion of love and not contraction of love which means that love should be selfless and with not selfish motive. Such love may be of selfish nature with attachment or bondage to their kith and kin or to outside people who are admired or revered. it only requires a degree of earnestness in our efforts.. We even find variations in the intensity of love towards different relatives. making us aware of the inherent LOVE in us by subtle methods of spiritual sadhanas inculcating in us. Swarm's advent of this present Avatar hood is to regenerate the mankind. past and present.. Because. The love extended to all these relatives is only selfish in nature. Dharma. during one of his discourses. The whole world is an expanse of love enveloping all the living beings. this is the real nature of mankind. Sri Krishna was undergoing Gurukula Vaasam (living in the hermitage of the Guru) with Guru Sandeepini Maharshi along with Balarama and Sudhama. what these values are viz. father or mother. what Swami call as Resident Divinity We should extend our love to every living beings as a manifestation of the same divinity. therefore.
And we too should love God unconditionally. Last it was for Sri Krishna to take over. when an aircraft was being high jacked. Krishna waved His hands towards them smilingly conveying His good wishes. to "love the highjacker". He also noticed the tribal folks moving about in the area. by angry gestures. it implies and 84 . without much ado they moved away. Sudhama thought that they might cause harm to them and tried to scare them away. When we love our child. closely where they were resting. Balarama too tired to scare them away by angry gestures to which they responded angrily. And yet when Sudhama tried to threaten them by gestures. they also reacted likewise. they were still in the forest and they had to camp there. They got nearer to Balarama and beat him brutally and then moved away. Krishna then. And yet this was the command. They were very eager to watch how Krishna was going to tackle them. we follow it up with positive action. When you show love. Any sincere feeling of love manifests itself into an action.performance of the chores all the three used to go to the forest to fetch firewood for the Ashram. In case of pure love. the other party also responds with hatred. by His gestures. while the other two could sleep under the tree. When you show hatred to any one. He gestured that he would attack them if they did not move away from that place. One day it was too late in the night. They hugged each other reflecting warmth and friendship. If the person puts on an angry face. we start listening to him or her with interest and act in the best way possible to please the party. they found that the tribal people were once again passing through the place. They also responded smilingly. The tribal folk responded in the same manner and measure. Love is reciprocated by love Swami often points out the simple analogy of a person looking at the mirror. To their horror. to take over from Sudhama. In fact. When once we develop love towards someone. It was reported that they. God is ever loving and at times we are not able to feel and enjoy that divine love because of certain inherent blocks in our feelings of love. whom we love. we try to express our love by purchasing and presenting something for the child to bring joy. The devotee. When we love God. one smiles. the devotee heard the command of Swami. They decided to take turns so that one could be awake. invited them to come nearer. The lady devotee. The magnetic power in iron automatically attracts the ordinary iron. how our own feelings get reflected in others. The other two could not forget their respective encounters and were not able to sleep. After a while. mentally extended her love towards them. When we say we love God. On seeing the tribal folk. It is not enough if you say that you love somebody. Next. they also extend their love to you. The rust in our feelings has to be removed and our chitha purified to be able to absorb the abundant love from God. While doing so. in his talk. Luckily. they went their way. First it was the turn of Sudhama to keep vigil. the reflection is also the same. the reflection also smiles ! Thirty thousand feet above the earth. But in case the ordinary iron is densely covered by rust and other impurities. Balarama did not leave them at that. on hearing the message. The tribal folk did not mean any harm to Krishna and company. Balarama took it quietly and retired for the night after his time was over. They came nearer and were all in smiles. How could you love a 'high jacker'. lost their nerves to live through the tension drama and ultimately surrendered to the authorities. the 'highjackers' subsequently. If. it was the turn of Balarama. God's love also manifests. the magnet can not attract it. was further trying to explain to us. when he was threatening to blow up the plane killing every body on board. he noticed that a gang of tribal men were passing by.
. You can adore Him according to your own fancy and pleasure. which says "Don't talk ill of others. the 85 . or in sighting the newspaper boy. for the maidservant if she comes late or slips up. we prepare ourselves to retire for the day. with Love. The most tolerant person may encounter a very difficult man who may even inflict mental or physical pain on us. you may like and many others you may not like. the subject matter quite often turns to those on whom we may have reservations. Swami warns us to be cautious and careful about this habit and behavior. for that Name and Form gives you the gratest joy. For all the pain inflicted. Yet. Only when we are free of mental agitation. However at times. Our smiling face would elicit the same smile from the other party too. Some of them. Early morning. under item No I of 9 point Code of Conduct which has been prescribed for all the devotees. It is very difficult to condition the mind. It should be a continuous process. We have sharp remarks in reserve.. especially in their absence". You are welcome to prefer it but do not condemn. with overwhelming love in our heart. As long as hatred and anger prevails in our mind. unconditionally. are changed or the Forms you picture Him by. when the Names you adore Him by. on the Name to be used in Japa. The Scriptures have given a good answer for this. We seem to have lost the faculty of tolerance and softness in speech. or prevent others.involves total commitment to the Divine Commands and direction. Then what are we to do? Here too. preferences. makes us agitated. in such situation. We pass comments and criticize them. In our conversations we exhibit irritation. You breed a sense of aversion to those whom you do not like. because God is Love! There are some questions among those handed over to me. What Is it that Swami is instructing us? "Start the day with Love spend the day with Love and End the day. Remember Swami's dictum in the 9-Point Code of Conduct. We can then claim that we love God. Swami wants us to live happily forever. to some extent direct us to stick to proper behavior. As the day closes in. our mind becomes calm and gets itself conditioned to accept the events as they come and to develop tolerance. While doing so. He is not changed. it is very difficult to cultivate love in our hearts. But sugar is the One substance that makes each one sweet. This is the sadhana of self-discipline. This is what Swami wants from us. Constant remembrance of Swami. But what do we do? A slight delay in getting our morning coffee. we should spend a while in self-retrospection. which in turns removes anger and hatred. it is our duty to pray for forgiveness and for his welfare in spite of all that he has done to you. Love resumes its place in our mind. This pleases Swami very much. You feel happy to see and talk to the one whom you like. if we sit for meditation followed by Japa and pooja. Anger and hatred have to be eliminated gradually by constant practice and tolerance and love assumes its place automatically. He does not change. Swami has been teaching to mend our habits and has shown us the ways too. We have many kinds of sweets-many Names and forms. when we are engaged in conversation with someone. You may adore Krishna. As we go out into the world during the day we come into contact with various personalities. whether Ram Naam or the Five-lettered Namahsivaya or the Elght-lertered Om Namo Narayanaya or whether I would suggest some other Name. we can speak softly and sweetly. Swami teaches us to extend mentally our love towards such persons. we have to try and attempt to foster and develop a proper balanced attitude and behavior towards every one. You may prefer one sweet thing more than another. Swami says that we should not act in the manner of 'tit for tat'. What are all the mistakes we have done during the day? Have we strayed away from the path of Love any time during the day? We should contemplate. and try to improve our performance the next day. are changed.. God is one without a Second. in work. but we fail to put it in practice in our daily life ‘Start the day with love. We react differently to different people." We hear the sayings of Swami several times. because it has been our way of life all along.
well known as "Sai Premi" hails from a music oriented family. On this happy occasion Swami had given him interviews on three consecutive days. The monthly Bhajans used to be a big occasion in our house. in the cit of Karwar where his father. without 86 . purifies the mind of the devotee. This instilled him to greater dedication. they were pleasantly surprised to find a small vighraha of Sri Krishna which had appeared miraculously in the altar where they were singing Bhajans. it was in the residence of a devotee. As soon as the song was over. "Bhajana bina sukha shanthi nahin ". an MBA student in `Swami's college. with devotion. he recalled a miracle which happened in his house. after the Bhajans were over. at Anna Nagar. Yes. 'There is no peace or Sukh i. His days were filled with Bhajans and Bhajans alone.. During the last two decades of his service in the Government. the only topic in his conversations would always be Bhajan. keeping in tune and pace with the tala. Balakrishnan and his team would always be present. I got acquainted with him since both of us were members of the T'Nagar Samithi. Every body who participated in the Bhajan. in this Kali yuga. witnessed this great miracle. was delivering a talk in the immediate presence of Bhagavan Baba Expatiating on the various divine aspects of Swami. like his elder brother. A vast gathering of devotees assembled in the Bhajan hall were overjoyed by this Leela of Swami. I had been a witness to many miracles happening while he was singing the Bhajans. Naama sankeertan(Bhajans) is the best and smooth method of attaining salvation. Swami materialized a ring of Navaratnas for him.. Sri. No doubt. During the personal interview. At the end of the Bhajan.. Mr. Balakrishnan sings.. Sri.. real happiness in life. he was. One day.. According to various saints and seers. he crossed 60 years. How soulfully Swami renders the Bhajan. the 'Laali'. Swami told him that he is always present in his Bhajans and that Swami liked his Laali songs very much. There were small pieces of sugar candy too. Balakrishnan. Just a few years back.e. He had himself undergone training in the classic music. Vibhuthi was flowing from various pictures profusely.. apparently he turned emotional while singing the 'Laali' in our house. On one such occasion. in his melodious voice. rendered in different ragas. The 'Laali' that day was very elaborate. he was attracted by the melody of Sai Bhajans. We were thrilled to witness the bunch of flowers kept at the top of a picture of Bhagavan. the flower would rest at its place. very much interested in singing devotional songs. Being a natural talented singer. B. Mr. Madras. from the early years. in various ragas. while he was singing. Surging the names and glory of the Lord.. based on 'Sampradaya Bhajana'. A few years back. R. Sri Balakrishnan and family became the devotees of Bhagavan Baba. Sri. Balakrishnan was working as an Engineer. Balakrishnan was working in the Madras city. He is so committed to Sai Bhajans that.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHATER 29 BHAJANA BINA. in the Telecommunication Department.. after Arathi is taken. which is a 'lullaby'. Ganesh. The whole family rejoiced over it. At the end of the Bhajans a Siva lingam had also appeared in the flowers offered at the Lotus Feet. raising up and down. dedication and discipline. From the early years. Mr.
This results in "Ananda" . devotion. one behind the other. It is Bhajan with the bhava or devotion which carries us to our Swami. one is bound to reach nearer and nearer to HIM. rendered in quietitude and silence. More than the mere leading and repeating of the Bhajans. that it results not only in bringing about a spiritual transformation of men and women but surely leads to the realization of supreme experience. Has it any devotion value ?" asks Swami. The sole purpose of devotion is to pray (I) for the Lord to be ever in the abode of our heart. Bhajans mechanically and routinely rendered. It will rescue one from Samsaara. our mind should dwell only on the thoughts of the Lord. behavior and lives of the participant. Swami says that there are two types of Bhajans. The very process of getting proximity to Him. peace. involved in Bhajan. at times indicated by the hair standing on end. The palms of our hands are reverently brought together in prayer for His Grace and Protection. with closed eyes and clapping hands. I reproduce below extracts from Swami's Divine Discourse at the conclusion of the Sivrathri Bhajans on 24-2-1 971. Swami's Bhajan is a beautiful and effective means of developing discipline. All our knowledge and wisdom would be mere dry bones without the elevating grip of Bhakthi and nama smarana is the easiest and best _expression of Bhakthi. Only sincere devotion will lead you to the highest level of spirituality. It is only then we are in real sense. Basically. Ultimately. and love. mentally and spiritually ! "Prashanthi Bhajans" is indeed unique in this respect and has come to be renowned as such viz. we find ourselves whirling in the ocean of samsaara with the duality of experiences of. As we develop supreme devotion through Bhajans. the constant chanting of sacred names of Lord enable us to reach the fruition of our life.'Nama sankeertan' With the Lord's names constantly on the lips. happiness and sorrow. Bhava should be developed along with raga and thala. (Hrudaya Nivasi) and (2) for leading us to contemplate on the Lord in all states of our existence. What a transformation. The Bhajans. We should get always engaged ourselves in chanting the names of the Lord. And yet. No wonder. It helps us in the attainment of complete freedom and mastery. is a process of imbibing all the divine qualities. all of us are supremely good. a spiritual elevation. and our lives are enriched constantly. the orderly seating and sitting of Gents & Ladies separately in rows. Prashanthi style Bhajans has indeed been Swami's most prized gift to humanity.. A true Prashanthi style Bhajan has come to represent certain excellence of discipline. very often we go into a state of contemplation too. The holy names acquire power when repeated with utmost devotion. Our bodies are thrilled by the fervor of devotion. so subtly and continuously influence the attitudes. 87 . and dedication. "If we switch on the rape recorder. When we sing the name of the Lord. Prashanthi Bhajans. The constant repetition of "names" of the Lord create vibrations all over. We do not require any "Gnana" knowledge or wisdom. Our voice is choked with feelings of deep devotion and our eyes well up with tears of Joy. overcoming the opposing dual experiences like pain and pleasure. We will be able to derive unalloyed joy. Prashanthi Bhajans is not only an introduction to the spiritual upliftment. The other Bhajan which Swami wants us to follow is the life long Bhajan. It is the Bhakthi through Bhajans which rescue us from the travails of the life and take us proximate to the Lord. Our heads are bent in humble contemplation. The holy name will cut off everything hostile in our way. with tongues & lips engaged on following the Bhajans and with minds concentrated on the Lord is something unique. Bhajans bring about bodily. One is the group singing which is time bound. it will start singing. do not reach Bhagavan. but it helps in the spiritual realization itself. throughout our existence. We should develop a total faith in the name of Lord.
Teach the mind to revel in the glory and majesty of God. for malady is: its being thrust our of recognition.” “Bhajan is one of the processes by which you can train the mind to expand into eternal values. I bow to that HARI. Once that search is desired.” “The Maha-sivarathri Festival is over. He used to compose and sing various Bhajan songs. Balakrishnan. as part of the Sivarathri Celebrations. but. Do not rest content with a nightlong Bhajan Make it a Life. One such song goes as under: Govindhedhi Sadha Snanam Govindhedhi Sadha. This is an active Bhajan where everybody including children can participate. some of which. Always engage in singing the Name of Govind. of pilgrimage to the Lord within. He had given me valuable points on the Prashanthi Bhajans. 88 . R. conduct. the message of the Day is yet fructify in your behavior. One has only to be reminded that he is divine. only of the outer. of adoration. we should be always breath in Nama Smarana. while taking bath. It is not a passive Bhajan. congregational. that lies within him. Always do japa saying Govinda. I wish to share with you and I am reproducing them below. to glimpse the beauty that God is. Exercises like Bhajan elevate the mind and exhort the individual to seek and find the source of eternal joy. it encourages man to dive into himself and be genuinely his real self. you have sung Bhajans and kept vigil. This Ararhi marks the end of that Bhajan sessions. Always meditate on the Name Govinda. That is all that Bhajan or Puja or Vratha can do.long Bhajan. taste the Bliss that is the Self. We used to sit together very often and talk about the efficacy of Nama Sankeertan. thinking and activity. As we are breathing continuously. all the sins committed by anybody are eradicated.japam Govindhedhi Sadha Dhyanam Sadha Govinda Keertanam The meaning thereby: Always say Govinda.“Throughout last night. I had made reference to Sai Premi. In the initial paragraphs of this chapter. When Bhagavan Baba was in His early teens. vocal part. wean it away from petty horizons of pleasure. He quotes: "Nama Sankeertanam Yasya Sarva papa Pranayanam Pranamo Dhuhka Samanaastham Namaami Harim Param " The meaning: "By chanting whose name.” We should understand the significance of Swami's sermons. the path is easy. Bhajan induces in you a desire for experiencing the truth. and not of the inner solitary silent Bhajan that must be the very breath of your existence. Sri. the destroyer of all sorrows". but. likewise. Sai Bhajans are so simple and easy for everybody to repeat.
and as group. the Sai Bhajans had become a very popular activity. the two huge Portraits of Saint Thyagaraja. during the First world conference. singing aloud the names and glory of the Lord. “Wherever My Name is sung. After some years. Maha Prabhu infused highest level of devotion through Nama Sankeertan. conveying a spirutual message. Bhagavan always commences His Divine discourses. Every devotee sings with delight and ecstasy. It is always a sight to see. 89 . through an Aalaap. Fittingly. to move along the roads near their place of residence. It was during the First World Conference held in Bombay. Singing the Names. Bhagavan Baba had perhaps revived this cult of devotion through Nagar Sankeertan.e. sometimes in millions. in ecstasy. let us from now on. realizing the Naada Brahma. all over the country and overseas too and included as one of the Nine point Code of conduct to be observed by the Active workers. A few centuries ago. that Bhagavan directed the devotees. Swami had also given detailed guidelines of this activity. take up the lead from Swami and repeats. the vast humanity of devotees following the Lord. Swami gave a new direction to His devotees. and Maha Prabhu Sri Krishna Chaithanya formed the back drop. and the capacity crowds. I manifest myself” Come my dear Devotees. for Bhajan is seeing God through sound i. Swami had emphasized the importance of Nama Sankirtan. to awake early in the morning. Singing the Lord's Names aloud and dancing through the streets. this programme was made compulsory for all the active workers of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations. Swami has given assurance that. Swami named this programme as "Nagar Sankeertan ". Swami sings in his Divine voice. and ends up with singing of one or more Bhajans. in full throated voice brings Ananda to all the devotees. the stage from where Bhagavan directed His devotees to organize Nagar Sankeertan.. Maha Prabhu Sri Krishna Chaithanya took the Bhajans to the streets.During the first All India Conference of Sai Seva Organization held in Madras. Ultimately. From then on. attend Sai Bhajans with deep devotion.
He did not like the idea of studying at Parthi campus. and was likely to come out anytime now. My son gave me an surprise. Swami had heard the distress call and instantly resurrected Maj. Venkatesh.Sc. Gen. I enquired what was the reason for this sudden change of mind. He suggested he could purchase nice clothes and stitch his dress out of this money. He had even written an entrance test in Indian Institute of Science. since Swami had Himself asked.degree course in the Swami's college in Whitefield campus. and talked to him Swami had asked him. He told me that Swami had come to Madras all of a sudden and that Swami was staying in Sundaram. Sri. Swami had changed the word from 'here' to 'near'. He announced that he was proceeding to Parthi the next day and join the college. was studying in the final of the matriculation in Bombay and was also attending the Bala Vikas senior courses. Now the readers might be wondering how was it that Swami was in Madras unannounced and without any real programme. He was one of the lead singers in the college. Here is the story of Divine mercy.Mahadevan. he collapsed. There was nothing more to think about the matter. who was near him. Mahadevan. General. He understood from the small crowd gathered there. he went there with an old college mate. . S. He was somehow reluctant to pursue his post-graduation at Prashanthi Nilayam. Baba advised him that the money should not be spent for seeing cinemas or for anything else. when he was proceeding to Parthi and Join the college. I enquired what he was talking about. who wanted to see SUNDARAM. We helped him in all his endeavors. Maj. He replied that it was because of Swami. My wife and myself felt very sad but allowed him to decide his future by himself. He was earnestly trying to secure admission in some other universities. course. on that particular day. One day I had just returned home from the factory late in the evening. One day while he was in Hyderabad. He replied that "Swami I am going tomorrow". He was standing by 'Shantivedika' near the gate. after a severe cardiac arrest. that Swami was inside. Very soon. for his M. which we all happened to witness. He explained the situation further.SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS) CHAPTER 30 TELEGRAPHIC PRAYER My eldest son. Bangalore.P. There was a Bhajan competition amongst the Bal Vikas students to coincide with the Divine visit to Bombay that year. My son approached me and asked me whether I had visited "Sundaram” and had the Darshan of Swami. He had also written that "Why fear when l am near" For the sake of this devotee. A reluctant boy was made to fall in line with Swami by the unexpected Divine visit and the face to face talk with Him. He was declared the winner of the competition and won the first prize. was then the State President of Tamil Nadu. There was no programme of Swami's visit to Madras at that time.Sc. Swami had also 90 . He also informed that Baba may leave Madras early next morning. a letter written by His own Divine Hands. Swami wrote a letter to Maj. S. In the meanwhile. the summer vocation in Sri Sathya Sai Colleges was nearing the end. saying that Swarm had saved him and he need not worry. I was wonder stuck by this question. and the colleges were to reopen within a couple of days. He was a retired senior Army officer.. By the very next academic year he got admission in the pre. After some days. He continued to study there till the end of his graduation in B. Swami emerged from 'Sundaram" walked straight to my son. Bhagawan Himself at Dharmakshethra gave a cover containing some money to my son. called out to Swami. Gen. Though he was not a regular visitor to SUNDARAM. His wife.
My son. This is essentially a religious function. and opened the gate. By the Grace of Swami his business was flourishing and he has purchased a flat of his own. the doctors found that the size of the baby was quite large. A complete check up and scanning was also done. almost double the weight of a normal child in advanced pregnancy. The doctors had some reservation about the safety of the mother in the normal delivery. to be taken care of. Gen. and suggested immediate operation to take out the child. followed by Valai Kappu for the girl. An update please! (The latest information is that my son is now settled in U. and sent an express telegram to Swami. our in-laws came to our house with Viiaya. Now to continue with the story: In the meanwhile. directly from the doctor. and after that they could their own decision. Swami got out of the vehicle and called out to Major General who tried to run down to the gate. all the lady friends and relative will adore the girl with lots of colorful bangles and other decorations. become aware of Swami's Grace on this boy right from his birth and at every stage of his education. One day by late evening. In our custom.S. After the celebrations. 91 . solved the problem of my son's continued study in Swami's college. The date expected by the doctors for delivery had come and gone. according to customs. The second day after this prayer was made. To their surprise. This unexpected Divine visit. and also prayers to the Lord for the safe delivery of an intelligent offspring without any deformity. She was subjected to regular monthly medical check up and was looked after by my son very tenderly. Swami cautioned him not to rush. on which he was not so keen. Sow.A. the performance of his sacred thread ceremony. in His Divine mercy had come all the way to Madras to personally bless the devotee whom He had saved recently. Sri Sai Baba. and requested them to be cool and not to worry. Patiently I heard their reports. there is a function called "SEEMANTHAM" celebrated during the 6th -8th months of pregnancy. and waited till his wife rushed to the gate after coming to know of Swami's unexpected arrival. with his wife and two little children). as they wanted to consult us before any action was taken. all of you would have. They looked greatly anxious and concerned. But I suggested and requested that one more day be given to our Swami. I tried to explain the situation in a nutshell and prayed that Swami should take control of the situation. after waiting for several days. which was locked. Mahadevan was sitting on the verandah of his house. My dear Readers from various previous chapters. by now. and then His Grace during his marriage. We call our son by the pet name Kanna. our State President had returned back to Madras. His wife was talking with the neighbor lady across the compound wall. had ultimately completed his post graduation from Swami's university. They could do anything they wanted. It was late in the night and yet I proceeded to the telegraph office with my son. The parents had come to us. The couple had plans to go together to the USA. After convalescing for about a couple of months at Hyderabad. for further studies. On that particular day Maj. their parents took the girl to their home. They told us that. they had taken the daughter to a specialist doctor. Swami. till the delivery was over. Suddenly Swami's car stopped in front of their house. his wife. Vijaya conceived and was expecting a baby. and had since settled down in Madras running his own business. and they estimated the weight to be somewhere around 13 pounds.sent him a basketful of fruits. And yet there were no symptoms of any labor pains. reading some news papers. The essence of seemantham is to welcome a noble and pious soul in the pregnancy. But some events or other had been cropping up which had not made it possible so far.
about 6+pounds only. An important coincidence is that this child was also born on the birth star of SWATHI ! (Another update: The children are now aged 9 years and 5 years respectively. This child is now about 5 year old. a baby boy of normal health was born. The boy was born on an auspicious day. We are striving our best to live the life as shown by HIM and to retain His Grace all along our journey. OM JAI SAI RAM 92 . Whatever others would have thought.our in-laws decided in favour of cesarean operation. I firmly believed that Swami by His merciful Grace had intervened to bring down the weight of the child to the normal one. He guides. We do not wish to have another birth and if at all we have to be born again. it is our earnest prayers that we should then live again during the period of Prema Sai and be with HIM and serve HIM to the best of our ability. where as the scanning projected double the weight. He looks after him and all that happens to him is only Sai's Grace. protects and looks after the entire family and we are only His dear Children. having the birth star of SWATHI.) We firmly believe that our own elder son is a gift from Swami. There was surprise for the doctors and the parents The child was weighing normal. The scholars had analyzed the horoscope of the child and opined that the timing was very appropriate and beneficial for the child. till He wills us to be in the earth. They have got another male child too during the last year.
The other process. Swami cannot forget him. in submission. philosophy etc. there are two ways of acquiring Knowledge . But this subject matter is also given in Bhagawad Gita : Krishna says to meditate on Him without deviation from the path of devotional service.S. Mani) had left behind a small piece of paper wherein he had inscribed the following matter.. Brahma Samhita states that if one takes to the ascending process and travels at the speed of Mind. In this way I will understand God". this process. By the ascending process.My Brother Late Sri Sanakra Mani (alias V. one is elevated by knowledge. For one who worships ME. acquired by himself. he will still end up 'not knowing’! For him the subject matter will remain elusive and inconceivable.. he will certainly attract the attention of God ! Sankara (Mani) 93 . In this way. --'Tasyaham sulabha". one thinks. Srinivasan THE KNOWLEDGE According to Brahma .the ascending process and the descending process. By becoming submissive. I will attain Knowledge by meditation.Samhita. Since his feelings almost echoes the advice of our beloved Sai. (in total surrender) in this way. If one works for Bhagavan 24 hours a day. "I do not care for any authority or authorities or books. and wind for millions of years. which had been dedicated to His memory. I thought I should give it a place in this Book. the descending process involves receiving Knowledge from higher authorities. "I become easily available".
Or. then this should be my Goodbye to all my dear readers. I may get a chance to share with you some more of my experiences of His Divine Mercy that may unfold . as chosen by Him. at any time. and He takes me unto Him.Dear Readers. as directed by Him. Om Sri Sai Ram At this stage. later in final stages of my life. Somewhere. I am well aware of the rigid disciplines and deep-rooted devotion. I had made my prayers in the beginning pages. I am to deviate from His expectations. 'I do not know what is in store for me during the remaining period of my life in this birth. if the call comes. if. He is Karuna murthi and l am sure He will guide me though the right path. I had also made my submissions to our dear Lord in the concluding chapter. which He expects from us. by any chance. Om Sri Sai Ram 94 . He is the Director and I am only trying to play my part to the best of my ability. I shall pray to Him to forgive me. I take leave of you. by mistake.
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