EXPERIENCES - posted WEDNESDAY 30th September 2015
Past Experiences - The Light Form in our Lives
EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 29th September 2015
Fiji Experiences Day 1 and 2
Day 1 in Fiji
"God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform, He plants His footsteps on the sea and rides upon the storm".
The day one in Fiji has been another wondrous day in the chapter of God's glory. Fiji Islands are unique for the 300+ islands that are scattered seemingly in the midst of nowhere in the South Pacific Ocean, with the nearest country being 1500 miles away. However the Glory of Lord has reached the hearts of Fijians overcoming the obstacles of space and time.
We were told that Most of the Fijians (a total population of approx. 8.5 million) know Swami, one reason being the unique Afro hairstyle that they share! Of course this is apart from the indomitable divine spirit that exists in all and which our master represents!!!
We landed in Suva, the capital of this island country from Brisbane via Nadi International Airport ( pronounced as NANDI ) on 25th eve. We were warmly received by the well known Tappoo family, that migrated to Fiji almost a 100 years ago and had met Swami in sixties. They were to play the host to the Lord. " I will come to Fiji", Swami had told them and now has fulfilled His promise.
As we entered the Tapoo residence in the city of Suva, we could see that the flat had been renovated and refurbished with all new upholstery and drapes to receive the Lord! Seemed like not merely the home but the Inmates too had been reenergised with a renewed enthusiasm to serve the Lord.
No sooner that we landed in the home, that Swami emerged from His room where He was already present and graced the small family gathering. Sumeet Tappoo, a well known singer, sang a welcome song that he had specially composed for this occasion but his voice weighed by the emotions of ecstasy and gratitude could not bear the melody and broke down several times!
All were in tears including the Lord. It was His love that was being reflected in every tear drop! His love that resounded in every note of the songs!
Swami started a small conversation to ease them out and blessed the family profusely revealing to them His ever present grace in their lives. Blessed the daughter and son-in-law especially as He broke the ice.
After this brief session at 9.00 pm we all had our dinner and retired for the day.
The next morning was fresh with the little rain drops that washed the land clean for the lord's city tour. Every street was bathed in the morning dew and we were stunned by the scenic views of the ocean on one side and the mountain on the other. It's truly a blessed country with nature's bounty. The creator too from the balcony of His room enjoyed His creation silently.
After breakfast, Swami blessed the family with interview and then started on His Suva city tour. He visited the Tappoo City ( a mall) and blessed the directors of the group company with advice and guidance both personal and professional. After having spent enough time with them at their office, Swami was driven around the beautiful city. We all enjoyed the drive.
After lunch and a brief rest (much needed due to jet lag) we got ready for the evening public satsangh that was to begin at 5.00 pm in the Khatri Hall. More than 500 people had gathered to take part in this divine satsangh. Swami glided across the hall as boys welcomed Him with Vedic chants and bhajans. He went on to the stage and took His seat. The hall was tastefully decorated and people were comfortably seated, ladies on one side and the gents on the other.
After a few bhajans, Sumeet shared his experiences that amazed us. He revealed to the audience that he had several dreams in which Swami had indicated about visiting Fiji with the same set of delegates as now, namely Isaac Tigrett, C Sreenivas and Narasimhamurthy, along with three brothers and a sister.
It perfectly matched now! Swami had also shown him in a dream and told him that He will spend the last years of His avatar in a place surrounded by hills about 100 kms from Puttaparthi. Though Swami did not reveal the name "Muddenahalli " then in 1999, it hardly took any time for Sumeet to recognise Muddenahalli of his dream as soon as he visited the ashram this year.
Swami had also revealed to him in the dream that Muddenahalli and its surroundings were the ashram of Vishwamitra where thousands of years ago, Rama and Laxmana had fought the war with demoness Taataki and her sons Maricha and Subahu!(to share with you all, this is exactly what Swami had told me in a vision when I visited Nandi grama near Muddenahalli in June 2011).
His speech left us spell bound as to how mysterious are our lord's ways!
Isaac Tigrett was the next speaker who praised the purity of the people of Fiji, that is even represented by the world famous Fiji bottled water which is the purest water on earth as claimed. He said religion is a group phenomenon but spirituality is an individual journey that every one must undertake alone. No one can tell you what to believe or not to believe.
C.Sreenivas spoke next and narrated the story of a blind person, 29 years old, who enrolled himself for climbing Mount Everest. For us ordinary people " Seeing is believing", but for that extraordinary young man, "Believing was Seeing”.
Sreenivas also pledged to the people of Fiji that soon he will organise a team of doctors from our hospital who would fly down to Fiji and operate upon children and adults as needed, of course free of cost! He urged the devotees to identify such cases of poor and needy, 20-25 to begin with so that this Seva in Swami's name can begin soon.
Narasimhamurthy mentioned about the divine blessings of Swami for the poor in Nigeria when during His visit in July Swami blessed them with a cardiac care unit in Nigeria. Similarly today He is blessing Fiji. Without Swami no body can build hospitals and schools in such a short span of 3 years.
Finally it was the time for Swami's discourse. Mentioning that God has no birth or death, He is present in all as the indestructible Atma, Swami said that the invisible God takes a visible form and moves amongst the devotees to teach them the spiritual path. However the body made of 5 elements must finally merge in them. This is the rule of this transient world that everyone must follow including avatars. Rama, Krishna, Jesus, Buddha all were subjects to this rule and Swami is no exception.
However the glory of avatars only increased after their physical demise and that will be the case with Swami too. Soon He will come as Prema Sai and is preparing all of us for that to deserve His grace.
Both good teacher and a good student are required for the knowledge to be taught. Be good students, selfless and divine, He urged.
Soon Fiji will see many transformational changes, an Ashram too will come up here and people will benefit both spiritually and materially. Swami blessed all profusely. He answered a few questions for all again in the simplest but profoundest way.
When asked about the confusion that many have regarding this phenomenon, Swami said that people in the dark may assume a rope to be a snake and suffer from imaginary fear. All that is needed is to throw some light using a torch, know the truth and be rid of the fear. Likewise those who want to know the truth must light a lamp of love in their hearts and then see things in its shining light in order to get rid of all the confusion and fear which is imaginary. Else one has to wait for the dawn to see things in the right light but it might be too late.
World is reflection, reaction and resound. Love sees all as one. However like a man who is drunk and sees two instead of one, a man under the influence of ego and attachment sees two instead of one. All are one.
Swami blessed the Prasadam for all and then had his dinner with the people gathered. All the devotees were served sumptuous dinner. Swami went over to the tables of the devotees to see what was being served and said jokingly, "I have come to see whether they have served you any extra item that i haven't been served". The truth is, He wanted to ensure that all are served the same things as He was served. He did not want any difference! Lord hasn't changed a bit!
Day two in Fiji began with Swami calling the Tappoo family members for private interviews. It was simply amazing to witness their relationship with the Lord! How much Swami knew about each one of them, though many had not visited Swami in Puttaparthi, seemed like a pleasant family reunion for most!
Swami had blessed the organising committee members and their families to come in the morning for a session. The devotees from other nearby countries also joined them at the Tappoo residence. After a few bhajans and a talk by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Swami spoke informally to all. It was so much like Kodaikanal where Swami would speak casually to the devotees and students. After a brief talk, Swami expressed His gratitude to all the members of the "committee" for their "commitment" and not just "Coming for tea". He also urged to the devotees that Fiji has given them much and it's time for them to give back to Fiji. Though Krishna was born to Devaki yet Yashoda brought him up. Likewise though devotees are of Indian origin, Fiji has provided for their needs and so they must express their gratitude to Fiji. Swami asked all to understand that He is within each heart and the true meaning of Sai Baba is :
S - see
A - Always
I - Inside
B- Being (Sath)
A - Awareness (Chith)
B - Bliss ( Ananda )
A - Always
Swami then granted a few interviews to some long standing devotee families, after-which sumptuous lunch was served to all. Definitely the last two days have been savoured in moments of absolutely delectable Gujarati culinary serenity!
Fiji - Sunday, September 27, 2015 - Evening
After a beautiful public satsang in Suva on Saturday, it was time now for the devotees at Pacific Harbour to delve into the divine energy. An hour's drive from Suva, the convoy passed through beautiful villages and stunning scenic grandeur, bereft of the abject industrial ugliness! It is said the true beauty of Fiji can be discovered on a rainy day, and the pristine and vivacious natural surrounds looked like paradise. Every once in a while, locals were seen, going about their daily chores.
Amidst a slight drizzle, the Lord entered a newly erected tent by the ocean, where devotees had gathered. He was welcomed in the traditional Fijian style, which is performed while honouring a Chieftan, the highest order of welcome and respect. The church choir rendered songs thereafter, welcoming Lord Jesus Christ. Melodious and soulful, heading straight to the heart, Bhagawan enjoyed the presentation.
They reverentially placed at Bhagawan's Lotus Feet a token of their love and gratitude, an indigenously made plaque carrying certain items of spiritual and cultural relevance, usually offered only to the High Chief!
An inspirational talk by Sri Isaac Tigrett praised the cultural and spiritual heritage of Fiji, and reminded the devotees of Fiji about their responsibility towards this country and the countrymen from whom they have much benefitted. Sri C Sreenivas urged the devotees to be available in order to be an instrument of the Lord. He said, "The least that can be done is to pray for all, then be available to serve and be rest assured that Swami will use each one of us as an instrument in His mission which will confer the ultimate fulfilment upon us. This I say from more than four decades of proximity to Swami." Sri B N Narasimha Murthy was next in order who urged everyone to keep human values as the basis of all progress, lest it should lead to destruction of the social fabric.
Sri Sumeet Tappoo then placed an offering at the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan on behalf of all the youth in Fiji - a mobile medical van, which will serve the villages of Fiji. Beginning with a dental facility, other facets like skin and ophthalmology will also be added. Few young doctors have come forward with much enthusiasm to be a part of this noble service! Bhagawan was extremely happy and blessed them profusely. This mobile van called " Health on Wheels" will go out to the remotest areas and treat all, especially the children. The van will secure physical, mental and spiritual health.
Swami began His divine discourse by saying, "The divine Lord's leelas are inscrutable. This is the most beautiful of times, beyond the comprehension of ordinary beings. Times that are enjoyed by the sages and saints. Talking about Krishna Tula Bharam episode where Krishna could only be weighed against His own name written on a tulsi leaf when loads of gold failed to equal him. Only the Lord's name is equal to the Lord's form. Wherever the name is chanted with Love, He manifests. He narrated another story wherein a prince throws a birthday party and invites his people to take away as much of the valuables on display as they could in their two palms. While the rest are busy gathering as much as they could, a young lady held the hands of the prince himself, and asked him for herself. She said that if she has the prince she will have the kingdom too. Moral of the story being, God also has put on display all the distractions of the world, unfortunately we too run behind those worldly things instead of asking for God Himself.
Truly I am not satisfied with singing my glory or chanting my name or speaking about me. Whether you talk, sing or speak, my glory will not get diminished. Whether you call the sun a sun, or anything else, it will continue to be effulgent. What will truly please me is the practise of selfless love in whatever capacity you can and bring that love and hope to those who need.
Through your hands I shall work. Through your eyes I shall see.
Through your mouth I shall speak.
Through your legs I shall walk.
Through you I shall live.
Through you I shall reach out to those who need me.
Your surrender, willingness and purity, will be the proof of my presence amidst you. Let all of you take this resolve that here onwards, one must be into practice what Swami has taught all these years. Let Swami's avatar not go waste. All the effort He has put to bring harmony and peace, love and secs to the needy, not go waste. Whether you talk about me or my people, or the seva that we have done or doing now, it is not going to help you in any way. Talk how much ever you want about the food, it is not going to fill your stomach. It is only when you eat, you will be satisfied. It is only when you engage in selfless seva, you will derive the benefit from it and you will fill your life with bliss.
Empty yourself with all that is not true and all that is not divine, and then divinity will fill your path. Swami mentioned that there was a political crisis in Fiji earlier, where Indians were being denied the equal rights, however such a crisis will never come if the Indians take up and fulfil their responsibilities. This will automatically ensure their rights. No rights without responsibility!
A short Q&A session followed the divine discourse. The simplicity, but the profundity of the answers blew everyone away! When a young man asked Swami as to how should he respond to his Christian friend who quotes Jesus saying that He is God, and only those who follow Him will be liberated, Swami responded beautifully by saying that Jesus should be understood first before He is quoted! "First Jesus said that He was the messenger of God, but later He evolved to say that He is the son of God, finally when He realised the divinity within, He said that He and His father are one! Only when Jesus understood that He is divine, He made such a statement. Jesus also said, 'All are one, my dear son, be alike to everyone'. He believed and preached that all are one. It's only those who do not understand the teachings, misquote Him and create differences." Swami said that unfortunately even He is being misquoted now out of context by certain devotees, only to help them prove their limited selfish point!
Swami also announced that soon there will be an ashram very close to Pacific Harbour, and will grow into a multi-faith spiritual centre. People were overjoyed with this announcement! Yet another ashram in the making!
A musical offering by Sri Sumeet and Bro Kumar filled the air with divine melodies culminating into the all time favourite qawwali, "Mohabbat Ki Kami". Swami blessed all after Arathi by walking around the tent, to the utter delight and ecstasy of everyone. All were given packed Dinner prasadam thereafter. Swami ensured that the Fijian dancers were also given the prasadam. Talk about compassion!
As the entourage drove back to Suva, there was a deep sense of gratitude to the Lord for all that He does to wake us up from our deep slumber. But, do we really take cognisance and act? High time for some serious self enquiry.
Back at the Tappoo residence, just as dinner was about to be served to the Lord, Sri Summet's seven-year-old daughter asked a question, which blew everyone's mind away. "Swami, what is heaven like?" Pat came the reply in a manner which would impress the young mind, "Heaven is where you grandmother, grandfather, papa, mummy, you and I live together!" What brilliance! Well, of course we are dealing with God, the Almighty Himself, and what else is expected?! It is indeed a very sacred time in the history of mankind to be able to witness and be a part of this divine drama!
ARTICLES - posted SUNDAY 27th September 2015
EXPERIENCES - posted FRIDAY 25th September 2015
Australia Visit 23rd and 24th 2015
"Are you are all comfortably seated?" the compassionate Lord checked, as the flight taxied to take-off from the Bangalore International airport. Yet another trip with God, just began.
Murwillumbah, a quaint town in the Tweed valley of New South Wales, blessed with nature's bounty was doubly blessed with the Lord manifesting for the second time in the last nine months. An hour and a half drive from the Brisbane airport, Murwillumbah or Murbah, as the locals call, is located inside the largest caldera (crater) in the Southern Hemisphere. The majestic Mount Warning is right in the centre of this crater. It is said that on a clear day one can see the coast from Byron Bay to the Gold Coast! The icing on the cake this time around? Well, spectacular views covered with copious amounts of divine energy!
The Lord's entourage touched down in Brisbane at 7pm on the evening of Tuesday, September 22, 2015, after a long eight-hour flight from Singapore, though their eyelids did enjoy the much needed rest. Gary Seaton along with the youth leaders of Australia lovingly welcomed everyone and whisked them away to Murwillumbah, considered to be the most sacred place in the country by the native aborigines. It was 10pm, but nothing stopped the zeal and devotion of all gathered at 'Shangrila', residence of Gary and his ever-smiling wife, Francis. There is always a renewed bout of energy, an unbelievable sense of passion which envelopes every person when it has anything to do with Swami. Sleep and food become a passé, which was pretty much the scene at Gary's residence, where many devotees had been working overtime to welcome God!
In the midst of soulful bhajans, Bhagawan graciously entered the living room to bless everyone at around 10:30pm! He quipped, "Is it Shivaratri today? Have you all seen the time? I was already here. They made me go out of the room & come back again. This place is full of divine vibrations. There is so much of peace here. It will grow into a good center." After Aarthi, Bhagawan retired for the night, and so did the entourage, tired, sleepy, happy, eagerly waiting for dawn to witness the unfurling of the upcoming days - God with His dear children!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - Morning
'Shangrila' sits in perfect harmony with its spectacular surrounds, where the landscape evokes a feeling of serenity and well-being to body, mind and spirit. The Seaton household was a flurry of activities at 6:30am in the morning. Tea, coffee and breakfast were the prime focus of the hour.
The morning commenced at 10am where Swami had invited all the organisers for a private session. After inspiring impromptu talks by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy and Sri C Sreenivas, Swami spoke to all gathered and quenched the parched souls. "Are u all happy?" was the first question, and everyone echoed in the affirmative, "Yes Swami". Swami went on to talk about happiness and said, "Happiness is union with God. It's not outside, it is inside! Only by experiencing God, will you truly know God. There is no other way of knowing Him! Until then, you can keep describing God like how the four blind men did, while describing an elephant. The one who has truly seen an elephant, will know the animal. Similarly the one who has experienced God, will know who God is. There are many ways we can understand or experience God and this requires two things - shraddha or sincere desire to attain God and the second is, patience or saburi. This is what the first avatar Shirdi Baba taught. With these two, one can attain God. The only purpose for which we are born is to understand divinity and to attain our true nature. The one with a pure heart alone is closer to God."
A short and sweet Q&A session followed, where many got a wonderful opportunity to ask some of their burning questions. Swami declared that the whole place (Murwillumbah) will become a very big Sathya Sai Ashram as the time progresses. "This is all a preparation for the next avatar. To be in the presence of divinity once again, you should engage yourself in selfless acts. I am training you, so you can pass the exam. The only condition is you have to be selfless and full of love. Prema Sai will travel all around the world, and that is how the mission of love will expand. Do you know what stops us from being selfless? Faith! The one who does not have complete faith in God can never be completely selfless!"
It was an endearing sight to see the 'prema pravaham' between the Lord and His instruments! After a hearty spread of delectable lunch, which is always the case when Swami is around, everyone retired for a very brief afternoon siesta. Of course, all the youth were busy with the preparations for the afternoon public satsang. Love without duty is divine, says Bhagawan, and this was felt in abundance!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - Afternoon
The Murwillumbah Civic & Cultural Center was the venue for the public satsang. A short ten-minutes drive from the residence of Gary through undulating and meandering roads, skirted on either side with sugarcane plantation, topped with Mount Warning as the backdrop, was indeed a blissful journey. The Centre had been a hive of activity, in preparation for the Lord's arrival.
As Swami walked into a packed auditorium of over 500 people at 4:15pm, bhajans were in progress. A group of native aborigines took stage to welcome the Lord in the most ritualistic and meaningful way. Their dance moves were mystical, yet there was to be a deep sense of spirituality.
Talks by Sri C Srinivas and Sri Narasimha Murthy followed. Bhagawan in His divine discourse. "Maybe I have lost the physical body, but I am the atma, still there. I am the one & I have become many. Even the Vedas describe God as the one with thousand heads, hands and eyes. But from where can God get these thousand eyes, or heads or hands? There is a subtle inner significance in this statement. God is one, who is inside every being and in ever bring, the atmic principal exists. Therefore, everyone is an embodiment of God. Any divine incarnation who comes into this world have to lose their physical body. What is impermanent cannot be permanent. Then why do we continue to worship them even after they have left the physical body? Because of the sacrifices they made for mankind, one continues to worship them."
As He invited questions from the audience and answered them in the most lucid way, everyone was amazed at the simplicity of His answers. As He always says, a good teacher makes the most complicated subjects look simple!
The energy at the Civic Centre was infectious, as Swami blessed many souls. Souls wanting more of the divine interaction, as He retired for the night.
Past Conversations - posted TUESDAY 22nd September 2015
Swami answers questions in Prashanthi Nilayam
The following conversation between a devotee and Swami took place in Prasanthi Nilayam many years ago and was first published in an early issue of the Sanathana Sarathi:
Swami! The world is very cruel to me.
Swami : That is its nature. The purpose of the world is frustration; it has to engender need. When the need is strong enough, the individual seeks fulfilment.
Devotee: And fails!
Swami : Only when he seeks fulfilment without! Within him, he can get it. The within is accessible always; it is ever responsible. There is pain only so long as attachment for outer forms remains. Ultimate relief from pain can come only with the loss of ego, the neutralisation of that which reacts to something as pain and something else as pleasure, whose memory, whose conditioning, helps to recognise the dualities of joy and grief.
Devotee: But the world, Swami?
Swami : The world is pain. Expect nothing from the world but that. I willed the totality of your conditioned existence to be pain, in order to draw you to me.
Devotee: Which I can, at best, only hope to attain.
Swami : God asks for neither hope nor despair. They are subject to relativity. Universal Being is beyond both hope and despair, both certainty and doubt. It knows no lingering in its conclusions. It is ever flowing, in all directions, and in none of them.
Devotee: What then shall be my direction?
Swami : Take what works today for today. What works tomorrow for tomorrow. One day at a time, each day for itself, each moment for itself, without a past, without memory, without conclusions.
Swami : Yes. Conclusions bind; they press on the mind. The newborn baby is not confined to conclusions. All conclusions enslave. Most men are slaves to the conclusions into which they have fallen.
Devotee: Does that mean I have to give up my practice of concentration?
Swami: The question that bothers you is one of fixity. You tried to fix your thought and attention on a word and later on a form, but you discovered that nothing lasts, that everything has to change. But I tell you; awareness can remain, even when form subsides, even when the word melts away..
Devotee: I find it difficult to hold my attention on form or word.
Swami : Because when you try to meditate, the very trial invites the success-failure conflict onto the scene. You say to yourself, it is good to meditate on this and not that, or to meditate on that is wrong or foolish.. Practise choicelessness; no objective, no intention. Be yourself. Choose no particular form, for all are equally His. Choose no particular word or sound, for all are His.
Devotee: I am often tossed between contradictory beliefs.
Swami : Contradictions are inevitable. It is the very nature of this world and of the mind. But you can choose, either to be buffeted endlessly by the apparent contradictions or to remain in the calm centre of the cyclone. This is the problem of all problems, the problem of peripheral or central being.
Devotee: The circumference or the centre, the rim or the hub of the wheel?
Swami : Yes. The hub is calm, steady, unmoved. But the mind will be drawn along the spokes, the objective desires, to revolve over mud and stone, sand and thorns. It will not believe that it can get bliss from the centre, rather than from the circumference, without undergoing a rough journey over turbulent terrain.
Devotee: Ultimately, it means the conquest of the mind?
Swami: Learn to let all the conflicts spawned by the mind play themselves out, and cancel each other out. Be the witness to the holocaust. The ultimate solution to the conflict is not decision or even choice, but passive being. Dare to remain inconclusive. See the endless quandaries of the mind as a divine leela, God's sport, as the natural function of the bundle of desires called mind. Do not believe in mind; do not rally to its assertions and appetites. Watch the mind from a distance; do not get involved in its tumblings and turnings. Then everything becomes insignificant. When everything recedes into meaninglessness, you are in the hub, in equanimity.
Devotee: Swami, you are the hub, the spokes and the rim.
Swami : Do not be concerned with who I am! Concern yourself with who you are and how you can be ever aware of that truth. Do not be a willing captive of the endless stratagems of the mind. Abstain from all that draws you into its web. I will lead you, if you rely on me. The alternatives of the world will not bring you happiness, for the mind, which revels in alternatives, is but a will-of-the-wisp, flitting before your vision. I do not judge you for what is never yours, really. Your imperfection is no obstacle for me.
Devotee: I confess that I have not always observed the rules of conduct of the Sathya Sai Organisation.
Swami : Your mind keeps asking for rules. But when you get the rules, you find you cannot keep them. Rules engender rigidity, they force. They do not bloom out of love or spread love. There is always a way of doing a thing without the strain of a rule. See how unperturbed I am with your restlessness! I live thus, so that I may afford a lesson for you to learn.
Devotee: I am restless, Swami, because I yearn for rest and do not get it.
Swami : It is your reaction to restlessness that is bad, not the restlessness itself. Restlessness is only the rise and fall of a wave on the ocean that you are. Nothing matters, so long as the depths are secure. Success is not important: failure does not matter. The river of eternity is flowing ever into the ocean of the Supreme Will.
Devotee: How long am I to be torn apart from that Supreme Will?
Swami : You are a fraction of that Supreme Will. That is why you are afflicted with the hunger to seek It and to merge in It and to find fulfilment and bliss thereby. Turning to the world for solace and sustenance to appease that hunger has been tried by countless generations, including your own, but the hunger is gnawing still.
Devotee: What then is the proper reaction to the attractions of the world?
Swami : Let go. Don't cling. Be still. Establish yourself in the homelessness of the mind; physical homelessness will not earn the victory. There are many spiritual aspirants still caught in the coils of greed, envy, pride and power seeking. They have not escaped from their homes. They have built prisons around themselves. I describe homelessness of the mind as mind abiding nowhere.
Devotee: And wandering everywhere?
Swami : Do not exclude anything. Be the witness of everything. The exclusive cannot endure. God is all. Your restlessness came from exclusion, the pressure exerted by the excluded into the area from which it was excluded. All is God; how can you push God out of His Domain? Your mind concludes that the cause for the restlessness is whatever concerns it at the time. The actual cause is not that. You limit God by your assumptions, hence the restlessness. For you too are divine, and your reality protests against that limitation.
Devotee: Swami! Sometimes I feel so sad that I am so strange, so different in habits from the rest of those that come to you for succour.
Swami : If your path contrasts entirely with those around you, believe that it is my will for you. Every way is my way and ways seemingly indirect may be the most direct for some spiritual seekers. For me there are no impossible cases, no incorrigible cases. Practise choicelessness as hitherto prescribed. Choicelessness is constant contentment.
Devotee: I have yet much to learn.
Swami : You wish to learn from me. Well, if you are preoccupied by the body's needs, by the arrangements for its travelling, its accommodation and the food it demands, time will fly. That student learns best and fastest who does not spend his time constantly shifting from one classroom to the next. You will learn everything worth knowing in my classroom. I will expose you to all states of being, so that you may learn to rest in me in all of them. There are no insurmountable obstacles to me; there are no pre-requisites for me. I am unconditional.
Devotee: But you are absent so often and away for so long at your headquarters.
Swami : Always, at every time, at every place, I am where you need me. All things without are subject to the limitation of time and space, to the material laws of Nature. My outer form is no exception! If you would perceive my physical form, it must come within the range of your gaze, so position yourself so that you can see it. And even then, it may not gaze at you.. But, I am omnipresent! The limitations of the body and the outer senses do not hold for the inner vision.
Therein, you can see me at any time and any place and receive darshan. The outer vision is purposely insufficient, instantaneous, transitory, casual, so that you may crave for and accomplish the inner darshan. If I have separated you from my physical image off and on, it was only to bring you to me and to establish my presence within you. That alone will replenish you and refresh you, I know. None of my absences was a rejection or rebuke. So far as you are concerned, I intended them all. And, always, I willed that you return to me.
What is Vaikunta? Bhagawan explains beautifully:
Vaikuntha means, without any trace of grief or pain; the place where perfect peace reigns, and there is no flutter of fear. Ekaadhashi means the eleventh day of the lunar fortnight.
The phases of the moon are numbered, and the day after the tenth, Dhashami, is referred to as the Ekaa-dhashi! But the real meaning of Ekaadhashi, the eleventh, is this: When the ten senses - the five senses of action and the five through which knowledge of the objective world is gained - are all co-ordinated and turned in the direction of God, the eleventh, then it becomes genuine Ekaadhashi!
- Swami's Vaikunta Ekadasi Discourse on 7th December'1971.
EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 15th September 2015
Bijapur and Bagalkot Campus. 13-15th Sept 2015
For the last four days Swami's love has been pouring in torrents on the children and elders alike, in the campuses of North Karnataka, namely Bijapur, Gulbarga and Bagalkot.
You had received the last update on the programs in Gulbarga on 11th and 12th. Here is an update on Bijapur and Bagalkot.
On 13th morning we started from Gulbarga and came to our latest campus of Bijapur, around noon. Spread on a vast land of 50 acres this campus redefines the architecture of Swami's institutions. The dome of the prayer hall that is a little shy of the famous Gol Gumbaz world heritage site of Bijapur, is being constructed swiftly. Tough Engineering challenges are being carefully executed only through divine Grace. Swami had mentioned that this will become one of the most vibrant spiritual centres of North Karnataka in times to come. Do not treat is as a prayer hall for a school.
The Bijapur school was started last June with when tiny tots were admitted in to the 6th class. While the building is under construction the guest house serves as their residence and a temporary school building with dining hall and kitchen have been set up to serve them presently.
The innocent enthusiasm in the air was infectious. Little Children who had been admitted only three months ago had learnt Vedas and received Swami with traditional Vedic chants. Swami proceeded to the guest house where a room has been reserved for Him till the mandir comes up.
After speaking to the elders and administrators who gave up the comforts of Muddenahalli after decades of service and were Re-Tyred by Swami after formal retirements from their teaching career to start this campus in the middle of no where, He proceeded to the Bhajan hall where the children, parents and devotees had gathered to receive Him.
High Octane Bhajans were on as the children let their hearts out as songs in His praise. The high notes from those tender vocal chords energised all of us. Loud rhythmic claps only made them more vibrant. Children have no hesitations when it comes to singing for their Lord!
After a brief talk by the chairman and headmaster Sri Ramamoorthy, Sri Narasimhamurthy spoke to the children conveying Swami's bountiful blessings on them. This was followed by the much awaited divine message which Swami delivered with such simplicity and love that we all were reminded about what He has said about Himself, " I AM A CHILD AMONG THE CHILDREN".
Swami praised the selfless sacrifices of the elders who came all the way at one command of Swami to serve His children at a new place without any hesitation and fears. "They are true Thyagajeevis as they have given up everything for the sake of Swami's mission. Swami is truly not just educating little children but is building the nation itself. He urged the parents and devotees to cooperate well in bringing up their children through these institutions by changing themselves too. After all when many selfless people have taken up the responsibility of looking after their children's welfare Should they not cooperate and complement their efforts?", Swami said.
To the children He said that at times teachers do scold them but that's for their good only. A responsible mother takes the child for vaccination despite his unwillingness and tantrums only for the child's highest good. The pain of the prick now, will save them sorrow of disasters in the future, He explained.
Swami lovingly enquired about the food, sports and studies of the children. He said for children, " AATA ( games), OOTA ( Food) and PAATHA ( Studies) all are equally important.
When He asked them what else they wanted, it wasn't too difficult to guess the answer, "YOU SWAMI"!
After lunch we all rested for a while before the evening function that began around 5 pm.
After Sri Dwarakanth, the person incharge of such massive constructions activities welcomed the gathering and reminded them of their fortune to have the Lord amongst themselves, Sri Narasimhamurthy Spoke to them. This was followed by Swami's discourse where in He mentioned that how many years ago the devotees of Anjutagi village had walked all the way to Puttaparthi ( 650 kms away) to invite Swami to their village which has been fulfilled today. He urged them to lead meaningful lives as human birth is a rare opportunity and must be spent well to realise the true goal of divinity within and without. He said children have innocent hearts and have faith to believe in God. Prahlada, Markandeya, Dhruva were little children but they attained the highest due to their innocent faith. He praised His children for having learnt Vedam, Bhajans and good manners in a few months. He advised children to treat their Parents and teachers as God, respect and revere them. Lead good lives and be an asset to the nation.
After the discourse Swami walked in between devotees responding to their prayers. All were served dinner Prasadam.
Swami spoke to the teachers privately and surprised the new comers with revelations from their past and assurance of a bright and blissful future. Blessed one of the young workers with a ring as he remembered how as an orphan he had suffered disease and hunger all alone. Declaring He is the mother and father He blessed him with a ring, just the same as He blessed the chairman with. His love knows no distinctions! The day ended with blissful memories of the divine grace on this tiny Hamlet.
The dawn of 14th September saw us off from Bijapur to the next campus of Bagalkot. Situated around 180 kms away from Bijapur school, this campus which started a year ago is in Chilkur village near Mudhol is Known for an ancient hanuman temple which dates back to a few centuries, the place has its own divine saga.
Presently the 10th standard boys are studying here and the construction of the crescent shaped building is on. We reached the campus around noon and headed straight to Swami's room in the present school building. Again Vedic chants from Rudram by the students, welcomed Swami.
After a brief talk with the elders Swami quickly hastened towards the boys who were waiting for Him in the hall. As He entered the hall His eyes fell upon a student seated on the chair who had injured his leg while playing Volley ball. Swami was concerned and Asked him to be careful. He innocently wondered as to how did he injure his leg in a game that is played with hands.
He sat on the throne placed on a make shift stage as the bhajans were being sung by the boys. The chairman Sri Narayan Ji welcomed Swami and the guests, after which Sri Narasimhamurthy Spoke to the students and staff. This was followed by Swami's discourse. Swami enquired about the welfare of the students and adviced elders to look after them lovingly as Swami's own children. He said that the true relations are relations with God. Truth is Mother, Wisdom is father, Righteousness is brother and compassion is friend, peace is spouse and forbearance is child. These 6 are yeh true relations. Invite one good relative and all other good relatives will come. Stay away from bad relatives like anger, greed, jealousy etc. Swami urged them to Study well for the public exams and earn a good name. When Swami asked them what did they want, they unanimously replied, stay with us here only. Swami said, yes He is staying here all the time. When boys prayed that they should know have food with Swami, he willingly conceded to the request and changed the venue for lunch in order to be with the boys longer. The previous evening itself Swami had instructed a devotee to prepare lunch for Him and the students, needless to say the devotee gave her best to make all happy. As Swami finished His lunch and walked past this lady, Swami with His heart filled with gratitude told her, " Thank you very much for cooking and serving all of us, especially my children"!
The evening session began at 5 pm. Around 400 devotees had gathered from nearby towns and villages. After a brief talk by Sri Govind Reddy, Chairman Gulbarga campus and a talk by Sri Narasimhamurthy, Swami condescended to address the gathering. He emphasised on the need for selfless service and sacrifice that's a must to change oneself and the society. Service must be done silently and should be for ones own upliftment. Narrating the story of Krishna and Karna Swami said that we should immediately act upon a noble thought for our minds are fickle and may decide not to act upon the good thought later. He also said that we must act upon what we hear during satsanghs and not simply hear and forget. Again urged the devotees to participate in such noble tasks and sanctify their lives. After blessing the devotees and students Swami went back to His room.
This morning ( 15 September) we started for Dharwad- Hubli at the day break as devotees had gathered there to pray to Bhagawan to bless them with another school in their district. They had identified a couple of lands for us to see and seek Bhagawan's blessings. As we drove through the remote bumpy roads of the villages the rain Gods blessed all with their love. Undeterred by Sun or Rain their enthusiasm to propagate this mission of education in their district touched our hearts. We pray that Swami blesses them all soon. Now we are still on our way back to Muddenahalli. Truly life has been a wonderful journey with the Lord!
LIVING WITH GOD IS TRUE EDUCATION
LIVING FOR GOD IS TRUE DEVOTION
LIVING IN GOD IS TRUE SPIRITUALITY
EXPERIENCES - posted MONDAY 14th September 2015
Gulbarga Campus. 11-12th Sept 2015
Sai Ram All. Here is an update on Swami's visit to Gulbarga Campus on 11-12 Sept. Thanks to Satyanarayana Sir, the warden, for sending it.
A report of Swami's visit to Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Niketanam, Gulbarga.
The days of preparations by boys to receive The Lord had fulfilment on 11th and 12th when we had the coveted chance of rejoicing in His presence after a long year of pining.
Ananda Nilayam is His residence always. Residing here , He is the one who motivated the boys to crave, to hear Him speak also. Then he made the ones , who could convey His voice and enable us to feel His presence, also to come here.
Madhu brother, MurthyAnna and their team reached SATHYA SAI VIDYA NIKETANAM at 5.40pm . A warm welcome was extended by all boys standing in guard of honour right from arch gate till Guest house.
After a brief rest, all of them had supper with boys and then retired for the night.
Next morning all 425 boys filled the air with the melodious song...'Banadaana aaha Bandaana..' ( He has come!)...a new song in Karnataka folk style, rejoicing on His arrival and voiced out their heart together in the form of musical rendering of songs, for half an hour. Swami listened to them so lovingly. He cares for the feeling more than anything else! Two boys expressed the feelings on behalf of the other boys in their talks, which was followed by the ever inspiring talk of Murthyanna and the most awaited Divine Discourse of Swami. Swami was so concerned that the first he said is that the boys could go for a short break to relieve themselves before the discourse starts as they had been sitting for more than 2 hours already. But boys surprised us by not getting up or move, in spite of Swami repeating the instructions.
In the midst of His discourse , HE asked boys "What do you want?" ...."You Swami" was the answer in unison. Swami said if boys develop this kind of yearning for Swami in our schools, the purpose of starting the schools is well served. The program ended with Arati as Swami blessed the Prasadam and also a few pens to be gifted away to all.
Upgraded computer room was opened and blessed by Swami for the boys, with a formal inauguration after the morning programm. Sachin Sutar, the Teacher incharge was blessed with a chain as Swami told everyone how the teacher joined here despite his parents not being too happy. However Swami also assured him Swami will bring them all together soon.
Afternoon there was an exclusive session in HIS ROOM for all the teachers. Some teachers, new to the fold, were stunned when Swami mentioned things that were personal to their lives, things of the past and gave them a glimpse of His omniscience. Teachers are now motivated more then ever to play their roles well as enlightening teachers , affectionate brothers and caring parents to the students.
The Ananda Nilayam hall was packed to its capacity and many were sitting outside the hall too as the devotees from surroundings also were permitted to join for the afternoon program.
After a few cultural programmes and talk by a staff , MurthyAnna spoke, remembering the initial days of this campus and then prayed to Swami to bless all with His Divine discourse. The translation was into Kannada. Swami advised teachers to play their role well. He told "look after my students well, I will take care of your well-being and all your responsibilities".
He asked boys "when should I come again?" Boys in unison said " be here only Swami". Swami said," ok, I am here always, what about NarasimhaMurthy, he has lot of work in all places. So , soon after Birthday They will come here, then the new hostel can be inaugurated". Again He asked "what do you want?"Boys said "you Swami". Swami was very happy and asked anything else? " boys said "Padanamaskar Swami".
"Come in line and have it", was the most spontaneous response of Swami. (Madhu brother indicated that they may place their heads on the foot rest of Swami's chair ). This was an opportunity not only for boys but also for devotees. One devotee who had been the construction contractor, here 3 years back , was blessed with a gift.
Swami sat patiently for an hour blessing each individual young and old, speaking a word here and there, for about an hour after Aarathi. Love is patience!
This morning Swami's Team started their journey from here to Bijapur campus leaving behind Swami and the sweet moments in the hearts of all here.
EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 2nd September 2015
London Satsangh Experience no3 - 31st Aug 2015
Does God's love know any boundaries? People from Italy, Croatia, Greece, dubai, singapore, Holland, Netherlands, Germany and of course from around London, gathered to meet Swami at the home of Dr Grish Malhotra and family last evening.
A beautiful marquee was setup to seat up to 400 people however it was overflowing with devotees. Despite the drizzle all, worked hard to get the venue prepared for the evening.
While volunteers and family members were busy outside, Swami was busy giving interviews, first to a group of 19 people from Holland. He blessed them profusely speaking to each of them and answering their prayers patiently. After a group photo they left. Swami called in the the family members and volunteers to give some important institutions for the function. After that He called a group in, this comprised of a respectable Lady who had come all the way to offer her property to Swami for using it as an ashram in UK. Around 2 hours drive it is set in a picturesque country side on the east cost and is perfect for an Ashram. Swami blessed the lady and accepted the offering of love at the same time taking upon himself, her responsibility.
Later in the evening, Swami talked to a few people before coming down to the venue. The rain that had not agreed to stop despite several requests, all of a sudden became silent as if mesmerised by the divine beauty and lost itself in His charm. As Swami glided in to the Hall, people felt His divine energy. After a few soulful songs by sister Sonja from Italy and others, there were three talks by Mr Tigrett,Mr Sreenivas and Sri Narasimhamurthy. While Mr Tigrett emphasised on the point that though GoD created Man, it's Man who invented God, he narrated stories form his life. Mr Sreenivas was the next speaker who mentioned about the wonderful miracle of Swami bringing people together in unknown lands for His work. Substantiating it with the incident in Nigeria during the recent visit of Swami. As Swami instructed Sri CS to take over the running of a small hospital which was being managed by an Indian lady for the last 30 years single handedly, that too in one of the most backward areas of Lagos. Sri CS Got a call from a stranger who mentioned to him about his late mother Dr C Rajeshwari ( instrumental in setting up of Whitefield general hospital in 70s). His mother was the family doctor of this caller and she was very dear to their family for her services while she lived in Ghana in late 60s. It was a divine providence that this caller owned the hospital building and he immediately offered that to Swami! So now Swami has a hospital in Lagos that will serve poor free of all costs.
Sri Narasimhamurthy in his speech recounted the several projects that are happening which is humanly impossible. More than 5000 students given free education and more than 1000 free paediatric cardiac surgeries after Mahasamadhi are only proofs of Swami's unseen hand and subtle presence.
Swami in His discourse mentioned that His mission to give bliss and protection to all, succour to needy, guidance to the strayed still continues.
God though unmanifest in His true form, takes upon himself a form akin to humans only to teach lessons. Swami descended to our level to teach us but now we must ascend to His level. Selfless service is the way to realise Him. Feeling Him in all and thereby loving and serving Him in all is true devotion. The children studying free or cured at no cost are not blood relatives of either Sri CS or Sri BNN but are related through Love. This Love can't stay quiet when it sees others suffering and immediately acts upon it, till the suffering is removed and relief restored. Mr Tigrett too gave up all to help Swami build the first super speciality Hospital in Parthi. He gave all his life's earning to serve those whom he did not even know. That's why they are dear to Swami. Thats why Swami loves and trusts them with His work. The temporary world can't give permanent Joy, they are the testimony to this truth. Be selfless, be fearless by developing true faith in God and believing that He will look after. Swami said that now we need to move on to the High School with higher thoughts. Only if we have done well in primary school can we graduate and come to high school. Following the two footsteps of Love and Service one can march and reach God.
What an inspiring discourse that was, He roared like a Majestic Lion at the same time conveyed the profoundest truths in the sweetest and simplest way that only He can.
Dinner Prasadam was served to all who attended as Swami retired Satisfied with the arrangements made in such a short time.
EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 1st September 2015
London Satsangh Experience 29th Aug 2015
Grading shades of green, heralding the onset of Autumn welcomed us, as we drove towards the residence of Dr Grish Malhotra in Chigwell. The drive from the Gatwick airport to Chigwell seemed like forever, thanks to the packed roads. Yes, exhaustion did catch us, but there is something magical about London, always has been!
We were very lovingly welcomed by Sri Grish Malhotra, his wife Smt Seema, Sri Romi Tandon and his wife Smt Anita. After some sumptuous food, we were ready to hit the sack. Five magical days with the Lord and His loving children in the UK were just about to begin!
Residence of Sri Deepak Mehta - Saturday, Aug 29 - Morning
After a hearty breakfast, we started on a two-hour drive to Wimbledon. Swami very lovingly bid us farewell and said He would see us directly at the Mehta residence. The sweet Lord doesn't enjoy His ride through traffic!
It was an intimate gathering of about 25 people. Sri Deepak, his devout wife Smt Mona and their sweet daughter Saisha welcomed Bhagawan will a lot of devotion and gratitude. After a few bhajans, Swami commanded Sri B N Narasimha Murthy to address all gathered. This was followed by Bhagawan's nectarine message. He said, "Purity will lead you to divinity. When the heart is pure, that becomes the seat of the divine. If you want to talk & access me, you have to be pure. You are all part of the great divine being! Think together, work together and be together. So, everytime a selfish thought springs in your mind, discard it with a selfless thought. Purity is of utmost importance!"
Two beautiful songs were rendered at His Divine Lotus Feet. The evergreen 'Humko Tumse Pyaar Kitna' followed a soulful 'O Nesthama Priyamaina Bandhama'. Swami was very happy and quite excited to see the songs being sung in chaste Telugu and infact quipped to say, "The Queen is going to get very upset with the Telugu songs!" His subtle humour earthly in texture does delude us, but definitely allows everyone around Him to enjoy the Divine wit. Swami partook His lunch and retired for the afternoon.
Saturday, Aug 29 - Afternoon
We left at 3pm from the Mehta residence to The Rutlish School in Wimbledon, a secondary school for boys, where the afternoon program was arranged. As we walked into a packed auditorium of almost 400 people, Rudram was being changed with a lot of devotion. The vibrations were magical! Inspiring talks by Sri Isaac Tigrett, Sri C Sreenivas and Sri B N Narasimha Murthy preceded Bhagawan's discourse. The highlight of the evening was a play staged by the children on selflessness and sacrifice, ultimately leading oneself to transformation. Short acts from Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and even from the life of Swami, was a sheer joy to witness. So much of purity and innocence emanates from children, and all gathered enjoyed every bit of the play.
Swami joined everyone for dinner amidst much excitement. We learnt later there were people from close to 12 countries - Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Japan, Singapore, Greece, just to name a few. The warm sunshine attracts the flowers, and a fragrant flower calls the attention of bees, need we say more! As we drove back from Wimbledon to Chigwell to retire for the night, recapitulating the proceeds of the day just gone by, a saying comes to mind. Jesus told the apostle Thomas at the time of His Resurrection, "Blessed are they that have not seen, but yet have believed."
EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 1st September 2015
London Satsangh Experience No2 - 30th Aug 2015
Here is another update of 30th August program...UK Visit - August 30
As we woke up to a cheerful morning, we were greeted by delicious breakfast, which had become a routine now. We were all set to drive to Wimbledon once again, to the residence of the Rajasingams. Ever so grateful to the Google Map which took us through some very beautiful roads. The UK is indeed blessed with scenic drives and miles of open roads!
Residence of Sri Rajasingam - Sunday, Aug 30 - Morning
Sri Rajasingam, his devout wife Smt Vasanthi and their daughters Saima & Sai Janany welcomed the Lord to their abode with much devotion. Once again an intimate group of devotees had gathered. As Swami entered He said, "Same God, same devotees!" Simple, yet drenched with profundity! If we ruminate on the statement & attempt to understand even an iota of its inner significance, it is certainly bound to reveal many truths!
Swami spoke about the importance of complete faith and surrender to God. "Leave everything to God just like how the baby cat trusts its mother to take care of it (Marjala Saranagathi Reethi)."
Bhagawan commanded Sri C Sreenivas to speak. An absolutely inspirational speaker, he expounded about Swami's ceaseless, endless & relentless love. "We have all been picked by Him. He has placed His trust on us, and now it is time for us to honour him with our faith. This is a defining moment, we have to constantly feel, experience & live His message. We have to deeply internalize. We are on a road not travelled before, and this cud be life's defining role. Grasping & grabbing the opportune moment is the need-of-the-hour." The morning session ended with a delectable spread of lunch. Everyone retired for a bit, before heading to the Rutlish English School once again, for the afternoon program.
UK Youth Meet - Sunday, Aug 30 - Afternoon
Bhagawan arrived at the venue amidst much adoration by the youth, who had gathered to welcome their Master. A very powerful evening was just about to unravel in front of us! Sri Isaac Tigrett, the first speaker of the afternoon rendered a very inspiring and stimulating speech, dotted with lessons from his journey of life. He urged the youth of today to count every circumstance as a blessing instead of a curse, and stressed the need to cease the current golden moment with the Lord.
Talks by Sri C Sreenivas and Sri B N Narasimha Murthy followed. Sri C Sreenivas made a profound observation when he said, "After BC and before AD there was a time that defined the world, we are living in such times now which will define the future".Sri Narasimhamurthy quoted Khalil Gibran, "we pass with the passing times and remain nameless, only those who have crossed Him in the mid stream will be remembered for crossing Him in the mid stream". He said that today we have this rare chance to be a part of Bhagawan's holy mission and the choice we make now will make us immortal. Two young speakers from the UK specially chosen by Bhagawan, shared their thoughts soon after.
Bhagawan in His divine discourse said, "God is present in everything in this creation, in an unmanifest way. Why is God important? From birth to death, we all live in this false notion of identifying ourselves with our physical appearances, and we tend to base everything on the status of the body, which is the name and form. It's like a fancy dress which we must give up in order to know that we truly are God".
"Don't give too much importance to the world. Between world and God...God comes first. As long as you live life in accordance to JOY (Jesus first; Others next; Yourself last) you will always be full of happiness".
You are God. Until you realise this, don't stop the search. Get up, wake up, and walk till you reach the goal. Walk hand-in-hand together and reach your destination which is divinity. Your primary and only duty is to realise divinity. Anything which is not allowing you to take you closer to that goal, is a waste of time.
My message to the youth is - Bear all and do nothing. Hear all and say nothing. Give all and take nothing. Serve all and be nothing."
A very tall order, and indeed an extraordinarily powerful message from the Lord to all the youth around the world. The energy and dedication of the youth in the Lord's mission is integral. In retrospect, at the end of day, all of this is simply about self transformation and realising the true innate divine nature!
Swami blessed the organising team of young people with an interview .Once again the sweet Lord gave immense joy and happiness to everyone gathered by joining them for dinner. An euphoria filled afternoon came to an end and we all scampered back to the Rajasingam residence. Swami lovingly granted pada namaskar to everyone gathered and took Aarti. While slumber caught us unaware as we made our way back to Chigwell, it left us thinking about the inspiring messages. We often hear the expression, "doing God's work' which is essentially "doing good work", which enhances our connection with God, who is always working through us. At the very least, all this helps us in our quest to open up our higher consciousness!
EXPERIENCES - posted TUESDAY 1st September 2015
The Sai Within - experiences of a devotee
When Swami had a body he came to me many times in the subtle or astral form. I am going to share a small segment of these experiences. I will try to put these experiences into chronological order.
I had the most unorthodox experience around 1972. I was meditating in East Setauket, in my apartment which was part of a private home located in a wooden area. And it was around 11:00 pm at night. We had no street lights along these country roads. I was experiencing great pain in my back and felt like I was on fire. God had said from within to go for a car ride. I had no head lights on my car, so I was arguing with God. Finally because the pain was so severe I said okay. I drove and reached the country road safely. When I reached the small county shopping mall, however, I jumped over a cement parking divider. I thought I had destroyed my gas tank. Next on my right appeared a police man in a car who blew me away because he just passed me and didn’t stop. My thoughts were, “there goes the Higher Mind.” On my left stopped a car and the stranger got out and approached me and told me to get a button changed on my car and then I would have headlights., I obeyed this stranger, got the button changed and I had lights. My Lord, does God know how to play His leelas, (His games). I apologized profusely to God and asked for forgiveness. This lesson taught me to listen to God even if I think the messages are unusual and weird requests.
I just love his leelas. I use to sell jewelry with a friend, Claudia on the streets of New York City before we would attend our Hilda Charlton’s meditation spiritual class meeting. On one of these occurrences in 1974 or 1975, while I was home and preparing to go to NY City, I heard a voice. “You don’t understand, leave immediately”. Well, I knew where I was to go so I left immediately. Mind you it is a hitch hike ride to the train station. Then a 1 ½ train ride, and finally a subway ride to get to my destination. When I reached there I was just in time to receive my friend’s police ticket for selling things on the street of NY City. Claudia did not have an identity card and for her it would of meant jail, but for me it was just a $10 fine. What did I learn? I learned the importance of following Swami’s voice instructions. But look how far in advance Swami was playing his game.
In the middle of 1970’s I was sitting in my bedroom meditating. During my meditation I experienced seeing a body of white light against the opposite wall of mine. There was a loud noise and this body of light climbed back into me and I was in pain. I never had any idea of what that was, but today in 2015 I now understand, it was my own light body. It was a sukshma body of my own. We each have a sukshma body and we use it usually unconsciously, but some people can use it consciously.
In 1981 During one darshan when Swami had by-passed me by about two feet to my left. I heard him say, “No permission to leave”. The voice was loud and clear. But I knew it was from the inner realms. I communicated this to the ashram authorities and I stayed in the ashram with permission for one year total. It was a great experience and I am glad that Baba kept me here.
Another experience that occurred during this period of time which was beyond words is the following. I used to carry a large statue of Lord Krishna in the ashram. One day I placed the statue on the café table. I walked away and returned with my food. Upon returning I saw someone praying to the statue and I saw Lord Krishna standing behind the statue, receiving the pray. I was stunned and I then understood idol worship. It was a learning experience. I was reprimanded by the ashram for carrying Lord Krishna, but when I told them my experience they said, “carry Lord Krishna”.
This experience occurred in 1981 too while a group of us were following Swami to a lecture, but we were in a train. I had reached into my purse and separated my passport from my money and airline ticket. I didn’t know why. Afterwards I heard a voice, “You are not going to like this train ride”. Immediately I reached into my bag and discovered that someone had stolen by ticket and all my money. The voice prepared me for the experience and I laughed and laughed. I was not sad at all. What is the message? When God tells you the play participating in it is one big glorious experience. That just brings bliss.
Around 1983 while substitute teaching in the North Babylon Schools, Swami came to me astrally in the classroom. At that time I was studying Wicca. Swami’s appearance indicated to me to teach students about the Wiccan faith, which I did. It is the old Druid religion with the worship of Divine Mother. There is an emphasis on Mother Earth and Nature, plus I dwelled on karma. Wicca holds that what you do comes back to you three times stronger. Do good and good returns stronger, hurt another and your karma is three times increased. I told them it is like the boomerang. Teenagers need to understand that their behavior has consequences.
There was another astral experience with Swami in the school. I was in biology class and I asked the students who had dreams. One girl said she did and explained what happened to people after her dreams. What was the purpose of that experience? I told the girl to pray for the people who she saw in the dream and then place that person into God’s hands. And know that only what God wants will happen. She was afraid of her own night dreams. The reason being that whoever appeared in her night dream would die in a few days. Students asked her not to tell them her night dreams.
I did not tell the students about Swami astrally entering the classroom. I knew the school authorities wouldn't like me to discuss dreams with the students. But the dealing of that fear was my own issue. I had to face that fear, rise above it, and act according to God's needs and what was best for the children. What would happen afterwards, didn't matter. It was my lesson on faith and God would take care
In 1987, at the start of my India trip when I first arrived at Puttaparthi, I heard a voice say, "buy what you want for gifts now". I did as I was told, but didn’t know why. At the end of my stay Swami surprised me and I came down with hepatitis. I got it from drinking juice at the cart stands. Originally I thought it was healthy but I realized that cart sellers don’t wash the glasses thoroughly enough. I must have gotten a contaminated glass. The lesson was to listen and to obey. I had bought the gifts when I first arrived saving me from not being able to do that task at the end of the journey. I no longer take drinks from cart stands.
In the 1990”s I was working as a substitute teacher for the Franklin county Public Schools. While at work one day Swami visited me astrally in the classroom. It was a strong, quick visit. What was the purpose of this visit? I asked the students, Is anyone into dreams. There were two girls who had dreams of walking with the wolves and their dreams were peaceful. I informed the girls that a books existed called, Women who walk with Wolves. It was about opening up to the intuition through the Native American path. The girls begged to read it and they did with much enjoyment. Only after they read it was I able to read it. I adore the Native American spiritual path.
In 1992 I had an extra ordinary experience in my room, while in the ashram. I wanted more than anything to have an interview. All of a sudden I spoke words I didn’t know. My roommate said, "I didn’t know you knew Italian". I said, "I don’t". She replied that I spoke it perfectly and translated it for me. Swami was showing me that He can speak through anyone he pleases at any time. Don’t Christians talk about the Holy Ghost. Swami is that Holy Ghost.
During the late 1990’s, when Baba was still walking, I stated mentally to Swami in one of the Darshans, “Swami thank you for the body, but I want to see the real you.”. At that moment I experienced a Divine energy that flooded my being. It made me speechless. Swami is really an energy experience not a body.
What have I learned from all these astral experience and hearing of voices from Swami. Always listen to Swami voice. But one must always observe that the voices prove truthful and hurt no one physically, mentally and emotionally. As long as the voices speak of love take a chance to follow them and experience the bliss of your will (God) not mine. There are others and perhaps I will communicate them later.
My first meditation teacher could astral project at will anytime he wanted. My physical brother could astral project in his history class at high school. Why is it important to understand the astral world and hearing God’s voice? Because it helps you to transcend the third dimension into the next realms and helps bring that knowledge into third dimensional matter, thereby helping all matter to love more. It helps us to access new ideas and to bring them into the physical world. Beethoven heard beautiful music. And the man who invented the sewing machine saw how to make the needle and thread part in a dream. We learn in the astral at night and bring this knowledge into our dream state to tell our conscious mind how to better the physical world. All of my experiences have prepared me for Muddenahalli. I now truly understand what Madusudan is doing. All are welcomed on to Space ship Earth taking off for the Divine. What I experience, what other people experience like Madusudan are simply what all human beings are working to experience. There are many experiencing the Divintity Within now. We must all step forward and acknowledge and love this new paradigm of existence.