|He Knows Every
Letter To The Letter
By Sri K. Suresh- A Former Student of Swami’s Institute.
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It was a serene evening in the Mandir during the rainy season of 1990. Sathya Sai Baba had completed His usual Darshan rounds and had called some devotees for interview. All the students were eagerly waiting for Sathya Sai Baba to come out and spend some time with them. They were surprised by the sudden brush of a cool breeze that heralded soothing showers.
It was the time when the Sai Kulwant Hall had not yet been built. To those directly exposed to the scalding rays of the sun, the rain was a welcome relief. To the students it meant a blanket permit to rush forward and occupy the front portico of the Mandir. It was a vantage spot as it gave us the advantage to be very close to the interview room door so that when Swami came out, His gaze in our direction was guaranteed. I was then in my second year of the MBA programme. Along with another brother of mine I was blessed to secure a strategic spot in the front portico. From here we had a clear view of Sathya Sai Baba’s throne in the Bhajan Hall.
As the rain persisted without any respite, I began reading a book on Sathya Sai Baba’s miracles in Africa. I was particularly drawn to an incident where two of the devotees who were driving a car on an express way at speeds over 110 km/h suddenly met with an accident. Their car was thrown out of the express way and into the bushes. The car was totally smashed and there was no chance that its occupants would survive such a crash. The devotees in the car however had taken the Lord’s Name on their lips at the critical juncture and had escaped unscathed. They were nonplussed and thanked Sathya Sai Baba for His Omnipresence. I was quite overwhelmed by this incident and happened to share it with the brother beside me. I couldn’t but help remark – ‘Look Swami is in Africa also’.
Then after a small pause He continued, “I am here. I am in Africa. I am everywhere.” Saying this, He walked away with a nonchalant gait. Do I have to say anymore?
Six years later while I was in search for a job, a Singapore based multinational company hired me and sent me on my first assignment to guess where: West Africa ! It has been six sweet years in Africa. I have been blessed to get involved in the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation here as an office bearer. I try to serve the Lord in my own little way, feeling and experiencing His constant Presence and Guidance.
One important truth that we, His students, must cherish always in our hearts is His Omnipresence. Wherever we are, we need to conduct ourselves accordingly. Sathya Sai Baba is our Inner Soul. He is always with us, in us and around us. The awareness of this truth suffices to boost our confidence and help mould our lives in the right direction.
To be frank, after this incident I reduced the ‘written mail’ and instead concentrated on heartfelt prayers. This is what Sathya Sai Baba implies when He exhorts us to develop ‘a heart to heart relationship’ with Him.
I Shall Write Anew
Sathya Sai Baba is Premaswaroopa. Just pure, unsullied Love on two Feet. He loves His students so much. His love for us is unfathomable and indescribable. Let me share a very cherished incident in my life.
Baba’s Bangra Boys
Though we slept very late on 22nd night, all of us got up by 3 a.m. on 23rd morning and managed to reach Mandir before 3.30 a.m. Even at that time, all the streets of Puttaparthi were overflowing with devotees moving towards the Mandir. We managed to squeeze through the crowd. We were tired and by the time we reached Mandir we were already feeling drowsy. But nevertheless, we started dressing up and were ready by 6 a.m. for the procession. The procession was scheduled to commence at 7 a.m.
While everybody including the VVIPs were waiting for Sathya Sai Baba to come out for Darshan, Sathya Sai Baba was inside the Bhajan Hall, catering to the little needs of His little ones. Sathya Sai Baba then sent someone to bring breakfast for us from the canteen and ensured that we had had our fill. He also went into His room and got apples for us to partake. All the while Sathya Sai Baba was waiting for us to say, “We are ready Swami, we can start”. At about 7 a.m. when all of us were ready, Sathya Sai Baba put on His white robe and walked up to the chariot and stood on it while the first golden rays of the rising sun fell on the Divine Lotus Feet. The procession started with us performing ahead of His chariot. By His Grace everything went on well. In that huge crowd we were thrown around like puppets. But for Sathya Sai Baba’s Love and Grace in the morning, we could not have performed the dance. That is the Love of Sathya Sai Baba for His students. Students always come first for Him.
Spiritual Practice in Business
When I deal with my customers I feel that it is the same Sathya Sai Baba who is also in them and that I need to approach them with the right attitude and love in my heart. This has always given me an upper hand to solve the most difficult issues which could not be handled by others. When I am at peace, have Sathya Sai Baba in my heart and look at my opponent as a reflection of the same Being, positive vibes are generated and that gives me a cutting edge. While other preparations are definitely required for a good negotiation, positive attitude and good vibes can change the whole negotiating atmosphere. In the corporate world, my company calls negotiation and wheeling as dealing skills. I am ranked highest on these skills in my company. But for me the real skill is ‘Love in the heart’.
I end this article here with a small prayer to Swami……
“Dear Lord, Let our Hearts overflow with Divine Love for Thee at all times.”