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Saturday, September 27,2008
Saturday! A welcome day for anyone in any part of
the world for it signifies a day which brings to a close the week long activity and acts as a
precursor to Sunday. It is also a day when the Kulwant hall gets packed a bit more due to the
inflow of devotees from nearby areas and cities during the weekend. It also raises the
probability of Swami spending more time outside for He always brings maximum smiles for
maximum people isn't it? That first portion is a bit of an ambitious prediction but well we do
dare to take that risk!
Swami arrived at about 5:00pm and slowly slid down the ladies side slope. He did not seem keen on collecting letters but He passively kept seeing everything going on The final day of the Veda chanting classes was on and all the students were quite proficient in the Rudram by now. Swami took a detour after the ladies side and moved towards the bhajan hall. The "risk" part of the "prediction" made in the beginning was showing very clearly. Swami had won as He always does! But one thing with the Lord - He loves to win over the devotees, but more than that He loves to lose to their Love, devotion and calling also! He moved through the bhajan hall and after gifting precious proximity to those seated inside, He moved out and with gentle flick of His little finger, indicated that He wanted to turn the 'right' way into the area where all the devotees were seated!
Moving down the veranda slope, Swami made the left turn into the students! He started collecting letters and speaking to a few who rose on their knees with either doubts, problems or gratitude. One immensely significant thing we notice as we hear Swami speaking is that He always is fiercely optimistic and positive! He always sees the brighter side of things and in situations when we feel that there is no bright side to look at, He creates such a side! And we say, "Only God can do that!" But through these acts of continued optimism, Swami is sending a very powerful message. Think and feel only that you would like to see and experience in 'your' world. Is it any wonder that Swami sees only Love, expansion, hope and Faith in His world? Like passing on bad dishes at an eating table, we talk and think about negativities to the extent that they occupy not only the headlines of the newspapers but also create "head-lines" being in the top of our minds always. And then we complain that things are going bad. What we pass around, goes around and comes back to us. So is it not time that we forget the negatives and pass on, think and speak about, only the positives - those that we want to hear, see and experience?
Swami passed by the birthday boys and blessed them. He had a smile on His face and His ear was on the Veda chanting that was on. After passing through the students area in the front, He lent credibility to the "risky prediction" we made in the beginning! HE slowly moved to the ladies side again. Taking a complete round and collecting letters, Swami blessed everyone. Then, taking the path neglected in the first round, Swami moved through the students in the centre of the hall. He then moved into the gents side and on their part, the gents seemed to rise to welcome Him in their midst! Swami thus completed a full darshan round in the second innings! He then moved on stage and blessed the completion of the Veda chanting.
He was informed that everyone had picked up the chanting with His Grace. Swami was satisfied and He blessed the teachers to conclude the session with "Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavanthu". Swami then sat in perfect poise and silence and the kind of calm and serenity that descended in the hall must be experienced to be believed! He looked at Sri Kishtappa who was standing all the while. (Thats how he looks at Swami always). Swami is God not simply because of the position His devotees give Him, but also because of the position He gives His devotees. He asked for a chair to be given to that devotee so that he could sit with comfort. That was done implicitly and immediately. Swami then nodded in satisfaction and everyone witnessing this divine play couldn't help but feel a portion of that love and concern and express it as smiles. Swami then called the priest who was in the first line and asked him what was the meaning of the Gayatri mantra. He replied, "Swami its a prayer for the illumination of the intellect." As they deliberated on the exact meaning and translation, Swami said, "Bhargo Devasya Deemahe". Then the priest said, "Forgive me Swami but I think it is Bhargo Devasya Deemahi!" Swami smiled at his sweet frankness which we normally might consider as "audacity". Then telling him to return to his place, Swami went into the bhajan hall. Bhajans and Aarthi completed the evening.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Sri Sathya Sai
University, today had important guests visiting. The Vice-Chairman of the University Grants
Commission, Mr Mool Chand Sharma and his team of academics had arrived. And so in the
afternoon also, they were seated on chairs and they too joined the devotees in the wait for
the Lord to arrive. It was about 4:40 pm when Swami arrived for darshan as the Veda chanting
classes were on. As the children from the the Primary school had arrived the hall was not only
full today but was also complete! It being a Thursday - the holy day decided by Sai - also
added to the wholesomeness of the occasion.
Monday, September 22, 2008 - The
devotees from the Medak district had also planned a distribution of livelihood items to the
poor and needy of their district. And Swami, being one who always encourages service, had
graciously permitted the distribution to happen in His divine presence. And thus it was that
the materials for distribution like sewing machines, sprayers, bicycles, carpentry kits and so
on were arrayed in Sai Kulwant hall this evening. The Vedam tutorial that began at 4:00pm was
on as Swami arrived and took a detour straight to the stage before coming to the centre also.
Moving on to the stage, Swami blessed the completion of the Vedic chants and then blessed
Prof.Anil Kumar to make the introductory remarks and also read out the names of the recipients
of the distribution materials.
In his inimitable style, the professor spoke about the wonderful service activities that had been taken up in the district with Love and reverence for the Swami in all. During the course of his speech, he mentioned about a young bread-winner who had a second lease of life thanks to the Super Speciality Hospital here. He needed more than 80,000 Rs for his operation and was at his wits end as to what had to be done. And Swami's hospital at Parthi ensured a wonderful happy ending to what could have been another tragic story of dwindling health due to lack of finances. It is said that familiarity breeds neglect if not contempt. The way that the hospitals run by Swami together have completed more than 30,000 operations completely free of cost is a wonder that makes us drop our jaws and gape in awe. Its not about the quantity or the number but the quality of the treatment and the way it has transformed the lives of these people that is truly so divine and magnificent. Experience the feelings of a drop in this ocean of patients at http://media.radiosai.org/Journals/patient_story_archives/Hospital_Patient_Story_archives.htm
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Props had risen up in the marble blocks of the Sai Kulwant hall. Little boys holding flags stood in front of them to welcome Swami. That is almost a penance these children do. Every time when there is a programme by the children from a district in Andhra Pradesh, the basic stage framework is almost the same and it inevitably has children holding banners and flags, standing and waiting for the Lord's arrival. At 4:00pm, the regular daily Vedam classes began. It was around 4:25pm when Swami came out for the darshan rounds. Swami moved through in His natural sweet and graceful manner. As He passed by the props, He seemed to carefully study every bit of it. His eye for detail and perfection has not changed one bit.
Today also happened to be the concluding day of
the Cardiac conference being held in the Super Specialities hospital. This conference held in collaboration with the Indian Association of
Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons boasted of the best surgeons in the world giving live
demonstrations.. Notable among them was Dr.Valluvan Jeevanandam. A few words about the man
will not be out of place here. Dr. Jeevanandam has a special interest in treating patients
traditionally considered inoperable. He has repaired damaged hearts in several patients
awaiting transplant, enabling those patients to forgo transplantation. He also has
successfully performed transplants involving patients who do not fit the standard criteria for
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Another beautiful Thursday dawned in the international hamlet, Puttaparthi. Thousands had arrived from the Northern states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. It has now become a kind of timetable schedule, with devotees from the different places arriving in a manner that the pilgrimage dates do not clash and thus all are assured of the precious proximity to Swami. Swami had agreed for a programme by the youth from these states and a huge backdrop of the Ganges bathing ghat stood in the centre of the hall. As per the regular schedule, the Veda chanting class for Rudram began at 4:00 pm and was going on when Swami arrived at about 4:20 pm.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Bhagawan was escorted into Sai Kulwant Hall at 9.40 am in a procession this Onam morning, led by a band by Srisailam school students and Vedam chanting children. After a full round of the Hall in His chair, Swami sat onstage as the Vedic hymns were chanted and the Panchavadyam troupe played. At 10 o'clock, songs by the devotees commenced. After half an hour of songs, Bhagawan accepted Arati. After that, He spoke to a couple of students and asked them to sing the Bhajans 'Sri Raghunandana' and 'Ram Hare' with alap. He spoke to Prof. Mukundan and asked him to announce the programme for the evening. It was 11 o'clock when Swami returned to His residence.
Onam- Discourse - Onam Celebrations, 11-12 Aug 2008, Videos
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Today marked the beginning of the three day festival of Onam. Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala and it falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) marking the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. The carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best in Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam (design with flowers), ambrosial Onasadya (the traditional feast), breathtaking Chundanvellams (Snake Boats) racing through placid waters and the exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala. Most importantly, wherever the Malayali people are located, they return home for the festival. And it is this homecoming that sees thousands of devotees from Kerala flock the abode of highest peace at Puttaparthi.
Tuesday, September 9,2008 Life with
the Lord is always full of novelty and a new freshness. No moment is the same and the fact
that the ever-steady Lord is also the ever new is indeed a great mystery. When Swami came out
for the darshan rounds at 4:40pm, very few even dreamt of the wonderful gift that Swami had
planned for one and all. As far as Swami was concerned, He came out in His usual sweet smiling
self. Moving down the slope on the ladies side, He collected letters. One letter seemed to
engross Him a lot and He began reading it then and there. By the time He completed reading it,
He was already on the marble block in the centre.
Passing by the students, He collected letters and moved into the gents side. Finally, finishing the complete round, Swami went into the interview room. In a few minutes time, He came out and sat in the centrestage. There was a gleam in His eye and everyone seemed to understand that something special was brewing! He called the lead Veda chanters and also asked for the podium and mike to be brought forward. He instructed them and soon the special news was conveyed to one and all over the public address system.
Swami desired that all the students learn to memory the chanting and meaning of the first part of the Sri Rudra Prasnah or the Namakam as it is popularly called. There is a significant point to note here. The Vedas are believed to be birth less and the term originates from the word "vid" meaning knowledge. Initially, the Vedas were not written down and the composers were actually seers, i.e. to say that the chants were revealed as intuitive flashes to all of them. And as Swami says, people falsely mistake that it pertains to Hinduism. It belongs to the Sanatana Dharma (the eternal way of life!).For ages, these chants, basically very powerful and positive vibrations, were simply taught to the disciples along with the pronunciation by vocalization. It is a very spiritual and wholesome prayer to Rudra, sometimes also referred to as Shiva.
First, one of the students thanked Swami for
presenting all with this great opportunity to learn in His divine presence. Following that,
everyone chanted the Gananaam twa mantra. And then the training began. Swami's desire was that
all learn it before His birthday. He also promised in a very inviting manner, "Those who learn
very well, I will call personally and reward all the efforts." So, in His presence, the class
began. Each line of the first paragraph would be chanted and all would follow twice. Swami sat
with a scrutinizing eye looking at every student and checking how well he/she was picking up!
This was Vedic teaching in its past pristine glory, in the "Guru-Shishya parampara" as its
known. The special difference here was that the Lord sat in the Guru's position! As 25 minutes
of 'coaching' elapsed, Swami turned and said, "Thats enough for today." And that too was so
sweet about Him. He knows how much syllabus covered can be grasped!
|Sunday, September 7,2008 Swami did not come for morning Darshan today . In the evening Bhagawan arrived at 4.25. p.m. Swami took a full darshan round and stayed on the verandah interacting with the devotees. At appx. 4.50 p.m. Swami went inside the interview room. The evening Bhajans commenced right on time at 5.30 p.m. Swami accepted the aarti at 6.p.m. and returned back to His abode
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Today morning Swami came shortly after 10.00
a.m. Swami took a full darshan round & after half hour Swami accepted the aarthi &
returned back to His abode. Evening: Devotees from Kadapa district of Andhra had arrived in
thousands and they had been permitted to put up their programme today. Wet grinders,
sewing machines and iron boxes had been placed for distribution to the poor from
Kadapa. It is a very special chance for these people who have to think twice even
before getting into a bus whether they have the necessary fare required for even an
inter-village journey. The members of the Sai samithis identify such poor and as a
token of Swami's Love gift them with articles to carry out their livelihood. And
when Swami graciously agrees to Himself gift away those articles in His Divine
presence, those people are brought to Parthi so that they too are blessed with the
wonderful gift of Grace-Darshan.
Swami arrived to Kulwant hall and it
was filled. He moved through the ladies side blessing the girls from the primary
school who were seated there. Then at the center of the hall He looked keenly at all
the items placed. Moving to the gents side, He received the adoration and devotion
that was laden in the air as the devotees 'rose to different heights' to see Him and
then stood even 'higher' with the sheer joy of just seeing Him. Swami completed the
rounds of the gents side and then moved through the students and into the interview
room. After a while, He came and sat outside listening tothe Vedic chants. He called
the district president and enquired into the programme scheduled. He also called
Prof. Anil Kumar and gave him some instructions. Then as the chanting ceased, the
district president spoke for a few minutes outlining all the activities being
undertaken at Kadapa. After him Prof Anil Kumar spoke on why Kadapa was so special
for Swami. It played an important part of His "education" and hence has got embedded
in all the leelas and mahimas that little Sathya performed there, years ago. The
famous fair and Pushpagiri that Swami attended too are in Kadapa. After a beautiful
25 minutes when Swami seemed to become very nostalgic about what was being spoken,
Prof. Anil Kumar concluded his talk.
Friday, September 5, 2008
details of Ganesha immersion with photos
Teachers day was welcomed by most of the residents of the Sri Sathya Sai institutions like one would do for the New Year's Day - by keeping awake through the night! Swami had notified everyone that Ganesha immersion - an event of great significance in the Indian annual calendar would take place on the 5th. The act of taking the clay idol of Lord Ganesha to the nearby water body and immersing Him in it has a great spiritual meaning. The clay idol is symbolic of the human body composed of the five elements. It should spend time on the earth in a manner that it is worshipped! After its worshippable stay on the earth, it finally merges back with the elements. Though the idol is gone, Ganesha lives forever! And that story is the same for the true being, the soul, too. It is in this spirit and fervour that the immersion is celebrated all over India, more so in Puttaparthi. And everyone is fully immersed in making either chariots or palanquins for carrying the sweet elephant Lord Ganesha!
Procession of Chariots and Palanquins and Dance Programme
Also read: Prasanthi Bulletin 5th Sep 08 ( By Sairadio.org & )
The Ganesha Immersion ceremony was held today. Representatives from all the Sai Institutions at Prasanthi Nilayam brought their Ganesha idols in colourful floats to the Mandir in a procession, lining up along Swami's darshan route by 3.30 pm. Bhagawan arrived just before four o'clock, and moved slowly along the path in front of the arrayed Ganesha chariots. When He reached the stage, the students presented a dance on Ganesha. Then the entire procession circumambulated the Mandir, and with a short description being narrated for each chariot, moved out of the main gate for the immersion. Bhagawan moved to the interview room, and in a few minutes came into the Bhajan Hall and asked for the Bhajans to commence just after five o'clock. After half an hour, Swami accepted Arati and returned to Yajur Mandir.
|Thursday, September,4, 2008 Swami didn't come for morning darshan, in the evening Swami came at 4.15 p.m. and took a full darshan round. After His darshan round Swami spent nearly 15 minutes on the portico interacting with the students. He also created gold chain for one of the student. At around 4.40 p.m. Swami went inside the interview room again at 5.20 p.m. Swami came out on the portico and moved among the students. The Bhajans commenced at 5.30 p.m. half an hour later Bhagawan accepted Arati Swami returned to His residence at 6.25 p.m.
|Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Today, Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated with puja being performed in the various institutions at Prasanthi Nilayam after morning Bhajans. In the evening, Bhagawan arrived at 4.15 pm and after a full darshan round in His chair, went into the interview room. A short while later, He came out and called some devotees for interviews. At 5.45, He sent word for Bhajans to start in the Bhajan Hall, and half an hour later He accepted Arati and returned to His residence.
Today was a special day for all the students working at the various institutions
that Swami has personally set up. September 2nd is the anniversary of the formation
of the Central Trust and it happened to be a Tuesday. To enable all the students
from even places like Bangalore to assemble in His divine presence, the celebrations
were advanced to the 31st of August, a Sunday. And it turned out to be very apt for
indeed it was an 'August' gathering!
In the morning, all the student-staff, 165 in all, gathered in the bhajan hall. The ages ranged from the early twenties to the late fifties! It was indeed such a wonderful brotherhood that has united under the fatherhood of Sai! Swami too seemed to be very eager to make the occasion very special. He arrived at 9:10am and then sat in the bhajan hall for bhajans till 10:00am! He promised that He would speak to everyone in the evening and then left receiving Aarthi. In the meanwhile, the Lord, divine Mother that He is, arranged a sumptuous feast for all the children that had so lovingly and sincerely gathered at His feet.
All of them were escorted to the South Indian Canteen premises where a meal of more than 18 items had been spread over regal plates royally for the 165 gathered!
It was around this time that all the chief priests of the Tirupati Tirumala Devastanams arrived at Swami's residence, Yajur Mandir.. Very graciously, Swami permitted them to enter and chant mantras in His presence. The new Chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devesthanam (TTD) Shri.Adi Kesavalu Naidu, had also come along with his wife to offer his obeisance and great sense of gratitude to Swami. Swami blessed them and told them,"The opportunity to serve the Lord is something that people do not get even after intense prayers. You have got it so easily even without asking for it! Indeed it is a great blessing conferred on all of you." Everyone fell in full prostration at the feet of their living Lord and left after Swami very smilingly and graciously blessed them.
As He had promised, Swami enquired at about 3:30pm whether all the students had gathered in the bhajan hall. He wanted to make sure none miss the bounty that He was about to confer. At exactly 4:00pm, Swami and His dear children had all gathered inside. Swami took a round and enquired sweetly from everyone as to whether they were all happy with the food! When everyone responded with joy, Swami was very touched and happy.
Moving to the front, Swami lit the candle and cut a specially made cake. Then Swami settled comfortably facing all the students.
"What do you want me to speak about?" Swami said , "Ask your doubts."
A research scholar from the University put forth his sincere shortcoming. "Swami, how do we control the mind?"
" Mind has no death and none can control it. It is forever. Without that consciousness, man cannot live. Mind should be there. Mind is the nature of man. When you are a man, mind will exist. When you become one with God alone, mind goes and all become One. Only in the Advaitic state, mind vanishes.
As long as I & We and Mine and Ours exist, mind will exist. "This is mine", "that is mine" - such thoughts lead to the persistence of the mind. All this is Dvaita or dualism. Mind will be fickle as long as duality exists. Advaita is I am I. If you think you are the other, the materials etc, mind continues. If you say, "This is mine", you are different from the material. The physical world removes spirituality. Reduce your desires gradually- less luggage, more comfort.
Many people take to meditation. What is it? It means the halting of the mind. Ask for anything, but be detached. Thoughts and desires come. As long as ocean is there, waves are natural. You cannot get rid of waves. When waves merge in the ocean, they disappear. The waves are physical in natural and they have stayed from the birth. They do not reduce. When you get the oneness with God, waves reduce. Till then desires keep attacking.
Physically, mentally and materially, thoughts arise. The thoughts are the saplings. Courage is necessary. Seeds of Love and rain of devotion mixed with feelings, lead to good crops. If worldly thoughts arise, they keep growing. You say meditation, but no one does it. One just sits but does not focus the mind even for a moment. When you say to yourself that, "I and God are one" with full faith, the thoughts will cease. "God is not separate from me. I am not separate from God."
Have firm faith. There is no place without God. Everything happens from thoughts. People say they saw things in meditation. That is only imagination due to the thoughts. There should not be any thoughts. Even if you think God has come and stood, that's also imagination. It is an aberration of the mind. There is only one- no other! Have no feeling of 'I' or separation. As far as possible, crush the feeling of 'I'. As long as 'I' exists, 'you' also will exist.
The mind, brain, Buddhi, Chitta- everything will go. Only the Atma remains. To think that you will achieve through meditation is a mistake.
Indrajit was Ravana's son. He had conquered the senses. But he too died when Rama came. Vibhishana's son was also there. If he is won over, Victory is assured. He came to fight.
Formerly, Hanuman had gone around all the streets of Lanka. He got himself caught by Indrajit only to see and study the place. After that was served, Indrajit got killed. Vibhishana's son, Buddhijit, was very fearsome. If he is gone, Lanka too shall be gone. None knew where his life principle was. Vibheeshana told Rama to shoot his right shoulder. Then he died. Then the father began to cry and Rama came to know the Truth. Lanka will be gone. The war was as good as over..
The father gave up the life of his own son. Even among rakshasas, such people are there. He was a man without feeling of mine and I. When he gave up these, then only victory was achieved.. Vibhishana was coronated. All were happy including his wife Sarma and children, Shakini and Dakini. They had protected and enthused Sita. "Do not worry, Rama will surely come and kill Ravana and remove all of his ten heads." Sita then became courageous. Lanka was full of demons but Rama made even that place also peaceful. The reason for all demons getting killed was because they all had the feeling of I and mine. If Vibhishana had the feeling of I and mine, then Lanka would not have got redeemed. Even demons helped God.
In the world, Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa will come only if you tell, "I am man and not an animal". Animal thoughts must go. Human qualities and human values must arise. From Sathya, Peace comes. From these emerges Love. When Love is there, you hate none and all are equal. This Love has to be developed. It is there in everything. You see ants moving in a single line, talking to each other, kissing and then moving ahead Ants have love. When a calf is born, the mother may go to forest to graze, but she is always thinking of the child. The calf too keeps telling "Amma, amma" till she comes. Even animals have Love. The love is same in all. So you cannot give up one another. Therefore develop human values.
The first is Truth. It is everything and everywhere.. There is only one Truth. Not two. From that arises Dharma. From that comes Shanti. Then everything is so serene!! Love emerges then. When peace comes, you have feeling of Oneness. In ancient times, people meditated even in forests with vicious animals. All animals would come and sit with them. Why? Because of pure feelings and absence of ill-will. Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati.
If you harm none, none will harm you.. If you try to harm only, problems arise. There is a dog sleeping if you just pass by, it'll just remain. Even if you bend to pick a stone, it will get up. Thoughts are there too. When you take care of thoughts, nothing can happen. Do not harm others even in thoughts. Never pain or hurt others in thoughts too. It's a way of cheating yourself, to trouble others in your thoughts.
Everything is in us. The whole world is in us. Good and bad reside in us. When bad thoughts arise, bad actions follow. The connection between thoughts and actions is like the switching of a light bulb. The action definitely follows your thoughts. If you think of all as brothers, all will be that way. But if you develop hatred and anger, they too will feel like beating you up. Do not have bad feelings on others, for it is what you are feeling towards yourself. All that happens to you is because of yourself alone. The thoughts and feelings do not affect others, they affect you only. Be thought-less, then you are pure. Lest, the thoughts come back and trouble you!
A small story.
A dog went into a house of mirrors. It saw many dogs coming towards it. It got fearful. So it attacked one dog. The mirror collapsed and broke. Now, thousands of dogs began to attack it! The dogs increased. The dog resigned and left. As many pieces you break, that many dogs come. But if a human enters such a house, he will know, "I am only getting reflected everywhere." So, if he sees any fault, he sets himself right. For everything is but a reflection. Ishwara sarva bhootanam.
God is not separate from us. He is within us. That feeling must be there. Help ever hurt never. If you hurt anyone, it'll come back to you. Even if you help, that'll come back. That is the secret of God's creation. In God's creation, There is God alone. Truth, God and Consciousness are all one. Everything else will change.
What is consciousness? That is Myself. That is self realisation- to recognise oneself. That animal is me. That dog or that lion- all are me. The dog barks at elephant not knowing that both are the same. If you look within, dog and elephant are same. Names and forms are many but Conscious within is the same. It is changeless. There is only one sun in the sky. Same is seen in Russia or USA or Italy. But it is day here and night in USA. Does not mean that the sun is not there! It is only due to the changes in the earth. There is only one sun. S-u-n not S-o-n! (all laugh) The countries are different but feelings are same. Put in efforts to realize the unity. Work for Oneness.
Dont meditate to see God. You are God. Why do you struggle to see Him? Daivam Manusha Roopena. When the artist draws, naturally he will draw as a human form. Be it Rama or Krishna- because God takes human form, He has human qualities. Because of this, those human qualities act as a screen on His divinity. That is Maya. As long as the screen exists, one is deluded. The dog is confused as long as the mirrors are there once the mirrors are removed, no problems! We are only increasing our attachments and not destroying them. "Mukkalu"(divide") cheesthe Kukkalu vosthayi(dogs will come)! There are not many dogs but only one. But reflections are seen in all. No need to fear that there are so many dogs.
Do not feel that we are facing so many sorrows and obstacles. The trouble is actually you. You alone are responsible for them. We develop and keep only the photographs of the feelings. Remove all the images and keep the negatives - the basis. If you keep taking photos, they will go one day. Keep the negatives, you can get any number of images printed.
How does God look? Peacock feather implies Krishna and trident is for Shiva. None have seen Him. This is all imagination. You say Swami, we saw Krishna. You are Krishna. Why efforts to see yourself. It is only when you forget your nature, you desire thus. So do not forget yourself. God does not have many forms. They are all like Ravi Verma pictures! Its not that God came in that form. It is the imagination of the painters. People without wisdom alone stick to forms. These forms are all for satisfaction alone.
But when you think you are God, you must have God's qualities. But if you consider yourself anything lower, lower thoughts arise. Everything arises, lives and merges back into pure Truth. Your Self is the Truth. Everything else are copies. There is only one original. Creation is all copies. Everything is born from love, depends on Love for sustenance and Merges into love again. Your reflection is seen on the water bubble. But the bubble bursts in moments. You are eternal! All reflections will die down one day.
When Sita was taken to Lanka, she always kept telling Rama Rama. If you want to see Rama, keep his form in mind and his name on the lips. Same is the case with Krishna. The name and from are one and the same. If you see form, name comes and if you chant the name, form comes. So whatever bad feeling comes, it is you. You cannot say that it came from this or that person. All are born of you. Bad thoughts arise in this age. Where did it come from? That woman I saw. But if she comes in your thoughts, did she enter you? No, because you think of her, her form came in mind. Both good and bad arise out of us.
The belch depends on what you eat. If you eat mango, cucumber belch does not come. Whatever you think of only comes in your dreams. You may think I did not think of it before sleeping. You must have thought of it sometime before then! Nothing can come from outside and get into you. Is it easy for a lady to come and get into us? Because of your feelings the form arose in the mind. Feeling has no form and she too is formless. So formless always remains formless. When you develop the thought of a form , that will appear before you. Everything comes from within you. You are the cause for everything. All the good and bad is in you!
Think of bad, bad comes. Good gives good So understand everything comes from thoughts. So think always that, "I am the Atma." What is the form of Atma? It is Purity. It is true consciousness. Develop the purity first. Unity arises out of purity. From there comes divinity. Therefore get purity and you can reach God. So when you want to see oneness, move from the multiplicity to Unity.
When you see Swami, you think only of Him and then only He will come. Some think, Swami is not speaking with me. Not only you, Swami is not speaking with anyone. Now I am speaking. Tell with whom I am speaking? To all. I always speak to all. Never think, Swami is speaking to me alone. Swami is close to him and far from him. Swami never goes far nor goes near to anyone. Swami will never give up anyone. It is all the fault in the feelings. So set right the feelings. That is meditation. Get the feeling of oneness. As is the feeling so is the happening. Nothing comes from outside. It is all from within. Even the child is born from within It does not enter the womb from outside. Only physically differences exist. Truth is one but described in many ways. Do not go by the descriptions. Did you all understand?
From this moment realise I and God are one only one and not two. It's not the bodies merging, but in the I, Swami exists. Even Jesus declares, "There is only 1". Cut the 'I' of the ego and only 1 remains. Even the Muslims say,(here Swami said "Alla-o-Akbar" and told the meaning of Akbar also.) "Allaha". Aa- means I and La means not this. It too says to remove the i. There is only that sound of Akaara. Joining different consonants, many sounds are created.....What is the time now? 5:00 pm!
After the bhajans, you sing, Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu It means let everything in this world be happy. Dont say that. Say, "SAMASTHA LOKAHA SUKHINO BHAVANTHU". It means let all the worlds be happy. It is very broad based and expansive. Let all the worlds be happy. Start it from now or from Thursday.
What else? Remember that God's work is real work. Swami's darshan is true Aanandam Swami's words are your meditation and joy. Body is for work and mind is for contemplation. If these two are there, all merge into one. Contemplate on any name. Gods are not separate All are one and they differ only in pictures.
In Uttar Pradesh, peacock feathers are easily available and so all children put it on their head They will not become Krishnas! Peacock feather alone won't make you Krishna. Think of the beauty of God. Everything is God. So also, all work you do, it is God's work. Do not think I am working in hospital, college, hostel or Central Trust. Everything is God work But you make it bad work by thinking of differences. In book stall you tell this is Rajan's work. That is neither Rajan nor Central Trust work. It is all Sai work. Be united in every small thing too. Then you will get true meditation. But you close eyes and search for mosquitoes biting you! All work done by this body is God's work. Then no need of any tapas or penance. Many are doing japam and instead of forgetting the world, they forget the rosary! Whatever you think in the heart, that will happen. That is everything. Any more doubts?
How to be spiritual following the Gruhastha Dharma?
That is also divine! Think that is divine work Do not separate things as worldly or spiritual. Everything is God. In and around God!
Is it not being boastful telling that I am God I am God?
NO. That is the correct. Satyam. If you think you are God and do mad things then its wrong. When you think you are God, work like God If you do something, think "Will God do like this?" Search yourself. That is true. Whatever work you do - home work, office work- do not separate them. You are important. Nothing else exists and you are there everywhere. Keep the I. Forget the differences of work of all sorts. That is Oneness! So in everything, get rid of I and mine. If these two are gone, all is achieved.
This is my towel. If I give it to you, how will it be mine? There is nothing called mine. Have no sense of difference.
Swami we are all very grateful to you!
Then You should not tell that! Treasure and keep it! Its all God's Grace. Grace alone gives you gratefulness. Without Grace, everything is grass! You cannot divide and chop Grace. You can cut grass but not Grace.
All are happy?
YES SWAMI!! All look forward to such sessions with you!
Very happy. I'll give one more opportunity. (claps)
Swami then permitted a senior brother to speak a few words. He beautifully recounted experiences with Swami that had touched him and in turn everyone gathered at His feet, very deeply! After that, Swami asked all the students to sing songs. Two Telugu songs narrating the unique love between the Lord and His devotee and a Hindi song expressing the great joy at being in HIs presence praying that such things happen over and over again were sung. Swami then looked at the clock and said, "Even bhajans time is over!"
After Receiving Aarthi and blessing prasadam to be distributed to all, Swami retired for the day. - Om Sai Ram
Tuesday,September,02,2008: Today morning
Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall by 9.30 a.m. and took a full
round of darshan. After taking His darshan round Swami moved around on the verandah
interacting with devotees sitting there. After only half hour Swami returned back to
His abode i.e. at 10. a.m. . In the evening Swami came at 4.00 p.m. and went
directly to Poornachandra hall to bless the selected Ganesha idols set up for
Ganesha Chaturthi. At 4.15 p.m. arrived in Kulwant hall on His chair, Swami
collected number of letters on His way to the mandir. After reaching verandah Swami
once again moved to the ladies side and talked to one elderly devotee for quite some
time. Swami first created Vhibuti for her and then materialized a gold chain and put
it around her neck to the thundering applause of all the devotees. After taking the
'extra' round of the ladies side Bhagawan again went back to the verandah and after
while entered interview room.
Today Swami accepted the evening aarthi at 6.00 p.m. Kulwant hall has been decorated for Ganesha Chaturthi. Many V VIPs are here, Royalty from Belgium, home minister of Sri Lanka, cricketer VVS Laxman etc. Streets of Parthi are decorated with colourful lights & with a huge Ganesha idol installed for Ganesha Chaturthi festival. The weather is humid & marked by rain. Sai Ram & Happy Ganesha Chaturthi to all.
|Monday, September ,01,2008 : Today morning Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall by 9.00 a.m. Swami took a full round of Sai Kulwant Hall on His chair. after taking His darshan round Swami went inside the Bhajan mandir after few bhajans Swami accepted the aarti and drove out towards the main road, Swami's took a short drive up to the bypass road and returned back to ashram via Gopuram gate. In the evening Swami came out from Yajur mandir at 4.25 p.m. After passing by the ladies side Bhagwan went straight towards the portico, as might be expected the gents were 'disappointed'. But, the loving mother Sai overcompensated the gents for his detour since Swami remained on the portico for sometime giving wonderful darshan to the gents. Afterwards Swami interacted with few devotees on the verandah and later went inside the Bhajan mandir. After the bhajans Swami accepted the aarti at 6.30 p.m. and returned back to Yajur mandir.