"On Sivarathri day in
1958, was inaugurated the monthly magazine designed to communicate the
message of Bhagawan to the world. He named it Sanathana Sarathi. These two
words taken together spell the mission that Baba has taken upon Himself.
Sanathana denotes His being the very source of all this 'becoming'.
Sanathana means 'timeless, eternal'. Baba has said that He always was, is,
and ever will be. He is Sanathana, now limited in time and space so that
He can be availed of by us. The Upanishads speak of embodied beings as
chariots which are drawn along by the senses(horses) through the objective
world. Safety lies in choosing a knowledgeable Sarathi(charioteer) and
installing him with unimpeded authority in the chariot. By taking upon
Himself the role of the Sanathana Sarathi, Baba has revealed that He is
the Eternal Inner Motivator in all- recognised or unrecognized,
acknowledged or ignored, respected or slandered.
The first issue of the magazine contained a message from Baba wherein He
spoke of the high purpose which it had set out to fulfil: "From this day,
our Sanathana Sarathi will lead to victory the cohorts of truth - the
Vedas, the Sastras and similar scriptures of all faiths, against the
forces of the ego such as injustice, falsehood, immorality and cruelty.
This is the reason why it has emerged. This Sarathi will fight in order to
establish world prosperity. It is bound to sound the paean of triumph when
universal Ananda is achieved." Prof. N. Kasturi was the Editor of
Sanathana Sarathi from its inception in 1958 till he attained the Divine
Lotus Feet in the year 1987."
"I got the good news pretty quick; Baba had come to Bangalore.
was staying in Sri Vittal Rao’s house on the 9th Cross Road, Wilson
Gardens, only five minutes away from my residence, “Ashoka” on the 12th
cross. Knowing that there was a possibility of His coming to His place, I
had tipped the dry cleaner, who attended to the washing and ironing of his
door and window curtains, to inform me as soon as he delivered the wash to
Vittal Rao. I had noticed that he had the curtains washed and ironed as
part of house cleaning, preliminary to Baba’s visit. When the news leaked
at last, I posted the little daughter of my domestic help on a slab of
stone facing his house, with directions to keep watch for a big car and an
orange robe. So within ten minutes of Baba’s stepping into his house,
Vittal Rao was amazed to find me on his verandah! “Wait! Wait! He pleaded.
But Baba spotted and came towards me with His palm ready to fall on my
shoulder. “Now, you have work at Puttaparthi”, he said. “A monthly
magazine will start soon. Guess! How is it named?” He asked. I confessed I
could not delve into His will. Yet He drew out from my reluctance a few
names. “The Godward Path”, “Karma Dharma”, “Prema Yoga”. He waved aside
the titles I suggested and announced that he had decided to designate it
as “Sanathana Sarathi”.
That name is a clarion call. It is the conch of Vishnu, awakening the
sleeping. It is the drum of Siva challenging the unruly to shed their
waywardness. ‘Sarathi’ means ‘he who holds the reins’, ‘Sanathana’ means
‘Eternal’. So, that title would announce to the world that Baba is the
Omniwill, which is moulding and manipulating, since Times began, the wills
of living beings from the amoeba to the astronaut. “Recognise God as the
Sarathi, yield wholeheartedly to His direction, reach your Destination in
good shape”, was the message Baba was conveying through that Name. I was
“This is the 32nd year of the Avataric Career and it is time He stood
forth as the world Teacher,” I said to myself, recalling His first public
discourse during Dasara, 1953. It was while the Lord was the Sarathi for
Arjuna that the Bhagavad Gita was conferred on mankind through him. The
Lord is therefore known as Partha (Arjuna) Sarathi. Baba is now standing
forth as Sanathana Sarathi – the Sarathi for every one, everywhere.
A few days prior to the release of the first number of the magazine, Baba
declared before a gathering on the
Chithravathi sands, “The Bhagavad Gita is a guidebook, a map for the
aspirant to peace and liberation. The Lord has installed Himself in
every heart as the charioteer. Ask Him for
direction and He will answer and lead. You can hear a Gita specially designed for you, if you call upon
the Lord”. The “Sanathana Sarathi”
was therefore intended as the
“Bhagawan Uvacha” (Thus saith the Lord) for a world that has jumped the
rails and is in fatal jeopardy."-
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