"This series of dialogues with Baba, published in the magazine originally in Telugu, unravels the mysteries of spiritual truth and lovingly removes the mist that hides the vision of aspirants. Perused with care and faith, these dialogues are bound to clarify, reinforce and convince. May the perusal lead you nearer and nearer the goal." N. Kasturi,
Swami: Oh! You have come! I was watching for long whether you have come or not. I knew you are a person who comes punctually. Glad to see you.
Bhaktha: Whatever else I may disregard,
will I disregard Your command, Swami? In fact, I am eagerly looking
forward to the sixteenth of every month to meet you. What greater
happiness can I get? What better food can I take?
Bhaktha: Swami, last month You said
something about 'Chith' and You were pleased to say that You will
explain more about it this month. Since then, I have been counting the
passing days in order that I may know about if from You. The day has
come at last. Please tell me about it.
Bhaktha: It is only be understanding
that, isn't it, Swami, that one can ever be immersed in thoughts of Sai,
the Lord, giving up all other activities and duties? Had I not
understood that much, I would have wasted this precious time.
Bhaktha: Swami! To practise the divine
words too, the Lord's grace is the basic need, just as for everything
else. Without that, nothing can happen. It is ever-present, as You said.
Just as the sun is hidden by fog, grace can be obstructed by the
darkness of 'I' and 'mine'. But these can be overcome by practice and
discipline. That is why if we understand well the meaning of what we
hear and follow, it is so easy. This is my experience; I do not know of
Bhaktha: Swami, we are like lumps of
iron; the Lord is like the magnet. Both are related to each other. But
if that lump of iron has to be changed into an article of use in God's
hands, it has to be heated in the fire to anxiety and beaten by the
hammer of pain, so that it may obey and respond. So, in order to shape
lumps of iron like us into instruments, You have to take much trouble.
You have said that this is Your mission. Now please tell me about the
'Chith' which You mentioned last month.
Bhaktha: I have heard the word, Swami.
When I studied grammar I learnt that the opposite of Prakriti is 'Vikriti'.
Bhaktha: Vikriti means, Vikaaram,
changed, transformed, ...derived. Agni is the original; Aggi is that
derived word. So, too, Jama is derived from Yama, Janna from Yajna, and
Bhaktha: How is that, Swami? Vidya is
effulgent in the Lord and Avidya is apparent only because of Vidya. That
is to say, the universal cosmic principle is in the Lord, and this
universal principle itself appears as individual different from
individual (by the external characteristics of name and form, the
appearance of individuals is caused). This Avidyasakti or the power of
ignorance also manifests as an inseparably entity. For, the Lord is the
only existence. Therefore, that one existence is the basis or foundation
for the universal and the particular, the totality as well as the
apparent parts. This is Your meaning, isn't it, Swami?
Bhaktha: Oh, what fine teaching! Just
like giving unto the hand a fruit peeled and ready to eat! This
manifested total cosmos or Purna arose out of the Purna of unmanifested
indivisible reality, this is what you spoke of, is it not?
Bhaktha: It is all like nectar, Swami.
But so far you have not told me, who I am?
continued (SBOI - Group Post)