Sai Maa Merey…Samastha Shristi Ko Santusht Kardey…

Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu…
Samastha Jeeva Sukhino Bhavantu…
When one looks around the planet today,
Even if it’s a mere cursory survey,
What wafts across are sentiments of complete malaise,
Of ethics a total decay,
From the heart of man,
Kindness has strayed ever so far away,
Though blessed to blossom,
Giving in to worldly allure,
Humanity is a word of the past….
…wholly antiquated…utterly passé,
Negative passion has come to the fore,
Drifting entirely afar from compassion…
…lost in the mist of ignorance…
…thoroughly engrossed in the material ballet,
Man has chosen to go astray…
If one does have the time to listen…
…to the myriad whimpering whispers from Mother Earth…
…she seems to cry in such utter dismay,
…from her  depth there arises a hushed hopeful sigh…
…for the You that dwells in every heart,
…for the You…Who is the Ultimate Being,
Who does the Supreme Soul personify,
Beloved Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai…

The wise, the downtrodden…
…the meek, the devout…
…those that feel threatened as would a helpless prey…
…request, entreat, beseech, plead, implore…
…collectively convey…
…and are sending Your way…
…an intensely urgent communiqué…
…begging Your immediate intersession…
…in this…Your Cosmic Play…
Anyatha Sharanam Nasti,
Tvameva Sharanam Mamah,
Of an Advent an action replay…
Oh! Lord, Oh! Divine Mother,
Right at this moment…
… all those full of concern and care…
…thus do pray,
…even as they search high and low for a radiant ray…


Come and command the human race to comply and obey,
Rearrange values shrivelled into a piteous disarray…
Creation longs for fulfilment…
…for that bliss of contentment…
…that ananya santhusti…
…for that array of peace…
…for that inexplicable joy that eternally satisfies the soul,
Come, Oh! Sovereign Heart of Creation,
Manifest that miracle,

For the sake of samastha lokaah…and samastha jeeva,
Of Your forever incomparable and infinite Grace…
…grant right away…
…that long awaited phenomenally colossal spray…
Come now, my Beloved Mother Sai…
Santhusti Pradaan Kardey…
Ab aabhi jaao, Sai Maa merey –
Samastha Shristi Ko Santusht Kardey…

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Sri Sathya Sai Newsletter – Pune Youth Wing, Guru Purnima 2017 Issue

Sairam Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Auspicious Guru Purnima Greetings!

The Sri Sathya Sai Youth Wing – Pune, with profound love, offers unto those beauteous Lotus Feet of our cherished Parent, Sole Friend, Soul Companion, Lord and Guru, the Ashadi/Guru Purnima 2017 Issue  of this Newsletter as an act of wholesome worship, devotion and adoration…an Aradhana. A sincere attempt to dedicate our life and time to the One Who gave us time and life….through lifetimes! His Time, His Life…wafting glorious messages indeed for us all…sublime communications whispering promises of ascension…if we but act His Words.

May the words that you read touch your heart, mind and soul even as every aspect of Beloved Bhagawan ceaselessly touches our very core.

May our adulation for our Dear Lord ever swirl and unfurl, grow and flow, blossom and bloom in to thoughts, words and deeds that have the fragrance of a Peaceful Coexistence with all beings the Cosmos through, showering petals of Samastha Lokaah/Jeeva Sukhino Bhavantu – a befitting tribute to His Teachings, His Precepts, His Life and His Eternal Presence.

May we experience Him…His Smiling Gaze evermore.

Love, Light, Grace…and Happy Reading!

Newsletter 61 Guru Purnima 2017

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Without Her…Within Her…A Tribute To My Beloved Mother…

Without Her…Within Her…
…A Tribute To My Beloved Mother…
…Like Her There Will Never Be Another…
She resonates as a melodious hymn for Him…
…with no end…and no beginning…

That holy Thursday etched a pious departure scene,
The second day in the month of February 2017,
This divine lady whom i was blessed to know…
…as my Ma…my Mother…
…decided to swirl out of the physical…
Her devotion made her merging…
…with the Supreme Soul quite mystically aesthetical,
She was…is for all times my beloved one…
…but she was…is the beloved of the Lord too,
Having spent all her time…
…most of her life chanting His Name thoroughly through,
The One Whom she did earnestly with her japa call,
Unto the Shimmering Cosmic Bosom did her now recall…

To each person their Mother is precious…
…and the best ever…
Being the chosen instrument to deliver…
…their soul unto earth…
…therefore certainly perennially priceless…
…is her worth…
Thus it was that…
…in her womb…the journey…
…for this lifetime had begun…
…And with her unique loving ways…
…she became for all times my beloved one…

She was a rare beauty in her time of youth,
And,
As regards the melody…the purity,
…the divine quality in her voice…
…there was ne’er a dispute…
Ma she was for the ladies who served her…
…for the vegetable vendors…
…the plumber or electrician…
…or whosoever chose to interact with her…
…so wondrous were her ways and wonderful her nature…

Though Ma came from a small town – Kalyani,
In West Bengal,
Her courage and will nothing could stall,
Having little formal education…
After her marriage with steadfast resolve…
…she taught herself English…
…and waltzed on the wings of her own tune…
…and exclusive acoustic…
…to cinch an M.A. in Music…
Her children were sole priority,
Till the grandchildren came along,
Her gentle gestures and love had a melody…
…similar to her song…
An enthusiastic octogenarian she was…
…her culinary passion deserved…
…true applause and flatter…
…for invariably incomparable were her dishes…
…frequently bringing forth a most distinctly delicious platter,
Oh! What about her desserts…?
Each innovative creation…
…was a marvellous appetite enchanter…
She knew so well each ones likes and dislikes,
And, her talk was full of diplomatic sighs,
She was most joyous when all did around her gather,
All else would freeze…
…till she fulfilled her loved ones needs…
To her their happiness was all that did really matter…

Her physical self went through an immense ordeal…perhaps an encounter with remnants of karmic debts made her well-being reel. She bore it all so stoically. We wondered if she was in tune with her Lord, was she taking His Name as she regularly did. Normally her Namasmaran, adoringly dedicated to the various deities, adorned the seconds of her day: 25000 times Ma Durga’s special stotra japa…some more potent tens of thousands of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, Gayatri Mantra, Hanuman Chalisa…and so on and so forth. She never ate anything before offering it to her ‘Swami’…and any new item, be it a fruit, food preparation or clothing had to be first presented to dear Baba…in her ‘Thakur Ghor’…the little room reserved for God and prayers.

During the last few years she had to be wheeled around as she had lost her mobility to a great extent. So she would sit in her wheelchair at the entrance to our ground floor home, look at the plants and flowers and pass her time chanting. While doing so she would be quite vigilant as to the functioning of all the household chores. She was a homemaker par excellent. Then she would give instructions for the birds to be fed a few yards in front of her…and would be delighted to watch the crows, mynahs, sparrows, other beautifully coloured winged wonders feeding or drinking water from the pot specially kept for them. When the neighbourhood cat came along, at times with her kittens in tow, it gave her great joy to watch this feline ‘mumma’ indulge her mewing young ones.

To keep her mind off health issues, she would read books on her Baba or perhaps a Newspaper or watch cookery shows on TV and though her hearing had diminished she would read the subtitles and discuss the recipes with others.  Sometimes i would take her for a spin in the neighbourhood on her wheelchair…particularly to show her the magnificent colours of flowering trees, a wondrous sunset, that charming full moon…or simply take a round of the society, literally down memory lane pointing out homes of persons from her time, recollecting sweet moments. She would come back home, check her own garden and put to task the hired help in charge of keeping it clean. The ladies who came in as our domestic helpers were extremely fond of her and would go to any extent to please her. So amiable was her nature that other women who came to work in the society compound would come up to talk to her, have a drink of water, chat with her…and never forget to wave out to her as they filed out after completion of a hard day’s labour. This was a daily episode as our residence is en route to the exit gate. She admired any new dress they happen to wear, commenting joyfully at the colour combinations, while if one of them did not have their blouses matching with their saris she would reprimand them and they would all start giggling. In her own way she taught those assisting her in the household chores to have a bath every day, keep their houses clean, look after their children well, have vibhuti, say ‘Sai Ram’ and remember God. She would insist and encourage them to send their children to school so that they could enhance their opportunities and income as well as have a better life.

She was the most wonderful homemaker and her link with Bhagawan was amazing.  Her deep love for her Ishta Devata…her chosen cherished personal Deity, her precious Gurudeva…flowed melodiously as bhajan renditions, some of which like ‘Gurudevaya Namo Namo…Hey Parameshwara Namo Namo…’ were her own compositions. Her ‘sur and taal’…tone and rhythm were definitely a celestial gift. Perhaps she was one of the musical notes that chose to experience a human birth! Many still remember her for the way she serenaded Bhagawan at local bhajan gatherings, especially when the environment reverberated with her matchless articulation of ‘Akhanda Jyoti Jalao’.

Gradually her outward seva involvements diminished and as time and age took a toll on her body her nightingale voice too was withdrawn. This withdrawal hurt her deeply. Singing for her Master was her life. Then, after the excruciating blow in April 2011, when Bhagawan enacted His crucial heart-shattering drama, her health was never quite steady nor her well-being consistent. ‘Kaeno Swami amni korlo… (Why did Swami do this?)’, she would constantly ponder and thus did she always contemplate, wondering about the supreme boon of living at the same time as the Avatar…of joy having been removed from life now. She would keep asking all to call Him intensely – ‘Unka Avahan karo…’ would be her refrain…‘call Him, invite Him…invoke Him’.

A series of ailments beset her frail body from 18th December 2016. She would recover and droop again. In the early hours of 21st January, she woke up had a few sips of water and choked on it. Slumping down, her lips turned blue…somehow by inserting my fingers in her mouth right up to her throat to dislodge the block, i manged to ‘bring’ her back. By the time the doctor arrived she smiled, chatted with her and even told her she loved her. Later however, as events unfolded, the doctor suspected she might have suffered a minor stroke then. Throughout Tuesday, 31st January, she lay in some kind of deep sleep state and opened her eyes at night on her own only when close family members arrived, somehow sensing their presence. She even smiled and looked upon them with immense love.
During her final moments, before curtains down, as a grand finale, she suddenly woke up from a semi coma state, having had no proper ‘outer’ nourishment by way of food or water for a few days, and started chanting ‘Sai Nath, Sai Ram…’ for almost five hours. Though a bit slurred in the beginning it soon got clearer. Inner nourishing of the soul was on…which was a bittersweet relief.  In between she would repeat, ‘Sai Nath Aao…’ (Come Lord Sai).
This occurred in the wee hours of Wednesday, 1st February 2017. It began around 3.30 am and continued on till 9 am. Her face, which reflected pain, was now glowing. As we made her sit up, supporting her carefully while changing her garment, she exclaimed, ‘Mata Aeshayche…’ meaning – Divine Mother has come. We were perplexed at this statement. Then we realised it happened to be Basant Panchami day, dedicated and celebrated with special offerings to Mother Saraswati, the Goddess of Creativity, Music, Art, Science, Knowledge and Enlightenment!

A few days prior to this, all of a sudden, she woke up early evening from her semi-conscious state, as though nudged awake and with a startled wide eyed look stared at Swami’s big picture on the opposite wall – a favourite one. This occurred even as i kept appealing to Bhagawan – Is she taking Your Name, sweet Lord…? Your Name has to be on her lips and hers on Your Lips…it has to be a grand culmination to a Divine Romance…she has to leave with dignity…having adored You exclusively and to the exclusion of all else.
Subsequently, now on the penultimate day of her merger, through her suffering, she awoke to chant His Name, as mentioned earlier. She kept caressing her pillow which had Swami’s Lotus Feet embossed on it. When given the Hiranyagarbha Lingam picture, though her right arm was swollen like a baseball bat, she held the picture lovingly, trying her best to do so with both her trembling hands, tracing her fingers upon it…as though she was touching her Beloved Master…His Hair, His Hand, His Eyes, His Face. We were witness to a celestial rendezvous…a transcendental tryst…a sanctified mystical meeting. Despite the huge swelling in her right arm, she, with some assistance held the picture and even raised it to her lips to kiss it. Before this she had been a bit exasperated with her Swami, saying that He was not listening  to her anymore these days and was too busy someplace else. But apparently ‘they’ had made up, for her countenance which had a pained expression hitherto…was now radiantly lit, her eyes were sparkling…she looked like a beaming bride!

Her granddaughter tried to adjust the cushion supporting her hands and felt a sharp prick of some kind of a current. Her Swami was there…He had come for her! However, the veil of Maya had wrapped itself around us all who were standing by her. At that time we thought she was looking at a picture…but on deep retrospect, we are certain she was ‘seeing’ Him….that was why she was so radiant…and had gathered the requisite stamina to do a chanting marathon.

Only the potent grace of Bhagawan could allow anyone the awareness and strength to do so in their final moments. Her intake of food or water had completely stopped…that night, however, as she intoned His Sacred Name, we alternated between putting drops of holy ganga jal and vibhuti water in her mouth.

She was against being taken to the hospital as she had undergone quite a few harrowing visits over the years. During the last hospital stay, we had to sign a paper of indemnity that verified that we were taking her home, out of the ICU, at our own risk. This was in January 2013. She was happy to be home…and here she wanted to stay as her body worked out the last vestiges of karmic debts. She was surrounded by her loved ones and pictures of the One she adored wholeheartedly. Bhagawan’s grace was such that her doctor loved her enough to go out of her way, overcoming personal schedules, to pay home visits, even on Sundays. This time round her maladies pursued her from mid December 2016 to early February 2017. With her extremely low food and water consumption, worried family members contemplated taking her to the hospital every now and then, but respecting her wish, the decision would invariably culminate in allowing her to remain in the environment she loved so much…that she was comfortable in…the utmost advantage being that she was encircled by those who adored her and whom she adored. Moreover, she was also surrounded by pictures of Swami, in all shapes and sizes and chants were being hummed and played for her highest benefit all through the day and night.

The pain of watching her suffer was acute, for her agony was a personal anguish. She would recover and slide back….and with that our spirit would sag and slack. Lord, grant us the strength to accept Your Will…was the constant prayer…please let her live with dignity or else draw her unto You with dignity.

Though prolonged, yet soon, much too soon for us all, her call had come, the shimmering glades of forevermore…that lay in that ‘Vishaal Hrudaya’ were beckoning her…perhaps to overcome, pay off the dues of kismet…she kept slipping in and out of various ailments sequentially. Earlier on, she had asked me to help her get well…i had helplessly looked at Bhagawan, even as i reassured her. His plans for her ‘wellness’ was something much higher than what the human mind can fathom.  It was late evening on Thursday, 2nd February; Bhagawad Gita chapters had just been read aloud…bhajans had been sung…her oxygen and pulse counts were being closely monitored. Suddenly, the gadget kept tripping, the screen blank with no reading on any finger except the thumb. We tried it on our fingers and it seemed normal. The Doctor had attended to her and left. We wondered if we should call and verify. I recollect speaking aloud my feelings – Maa, you are our jaan (life force). You have given us more love than God Himself.

Then, even as we watched she appeared to have stopped breathing despite the oxygen generator that she was on…we quickly raised the level up as advised by the doctor. Simultaneously we all started chanting ‘Sai Ram’ aloud. She appeared to breathe again and we all exclaimed – She is coming back! However, it seemed she was waiting for vibhuti water and ganga jal, for as we placed drops of it into her mouth, she took a couple of deep, deep, deep breaths and merged in the Supreme Beloved eternally.

An era had come to a close. No more suffering for the mortal body, nor for the mind any agitation. Transcending karmic retribution…the soul had finally won. Bhakt and Bhagawan were One.

She remains a melodious hymn for Him…with no end…and no beginning…

We remain forever within her…for there is no such place as without her…together we are One within the Divine Mother.

Amazing are the Lord’s ways…balming expressions…ever so exclusive and distinct…of His Presence.
After a serene conclusion to the formal prayer offerings…satisfying certain customs for the soul’s onward journey, the notification that propped up on the cell phones of some dear family members was – ‘Welcome to Puttaparthi’… ‘Prasanthi Nilayam 400 m’… ‘It looks like you are at Radio Sai’…! This episode made the priest officiating the prayer ceremony too beam knowingly. Prior to this the location status showed the exact present area in our city – Pune, which is approximately 644 Kms/400 Miles away from Puttaparthi.
But our Beloved Lord knew as to how tender were our emotions…
…and thus did uniquely clarify…
…that the soul had chosen to suffer enormously so as to unify…
He was guiding and watching over us all…
…and that ‘our mother’ was now One with her Mother…
…the Divine Empress of the Universe…the Cosmic Mother – Mother Sai.

PS – Ma’s bhajan composition – Gurudevaya Namo Namo…which has been infused in between these pages above via a link was a ‘home recording’. Ma was then in her late seventies.

 

 

 

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Radiantly Lit

The Universe is inside me…
…i can choose to manifest peace and harmony,
Transformations galore…
…rising from the Transcendental One,
…residing deep in my fathomless inner core,
There,
There is a place that is open to all,
It knows no door,
All i need to do is awareness re-enforce,
The heart knows the Source…
…the soul is eternally a part of It…
…That It is ever abiding, unfading, never extinct…
…never eclipsed…
Sathya Sai is that Almighty It,
That Incomprehensible, Effulgent Cosmic Mist,
Within Him all of creation does exist,
In the shimmering truth of that Infinite Everlasting Radiance…
…i remain radiantly lit…

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Sri Sathya Sai Newsletter – Youth Wing, Pune, Apr – 2017

Newsletter 60 April 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Loving Sairam!

24th April stirs up immense emotions in every devoted heart. Not a moment exists that is not drenched in the recollections of the Beloved One. These memoirs and memories help endure the vicissitudes of existence.
Every breath we take is a gift from Him to us. To know and feel and experience His infinite love – what more could our soul ever covet? It is this same Sai love that we must radiate and reflect into the world around us…for to Give is to really Live. To forgive is to give ourselves a fresh lease…a release from all that disturbs and gnaws away at the core of peace.
Life is all about living only to please Bhagawan. 

Every sadhana, every aradhana is aimed at serving Sai…the Sai that resides in every cell of all of creation. The goal, the purpose, the reason for our being is to make His Message our life…
Life is also a journey of awakening from i to Sai…from being to becoming…living the compassion of Sai. Consequently, especially during this vital period of time, when the world around is steeped in trouble and strife, it ought to manifest itself thus…prompting, precipitating an increase in compassion leading to an expansion in consciousness. It should then culminate in the celebration of Sai – within and without…and it is fundamental that Cherished Mother Sai has to be celebrated in every being, in every inch and atom that surrounds us.

We are the breath of Sai, may living His Words script the foreword in the book of our life.

It is this message that pervades every page of this newsletter, every minuscule endeavour is a sadhana adorning our aradhana…and we dedicate ever bit of it with love at His Cherished Lotus Feet…

Happy Reading! May His Presence and Grace be known and felt by every being in the Cosmos!

Jai Sai Ram.

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Come, Caress Our Destiny…With That Benediction Long Overdue

24th April 2011 dealt a blow beyond perception,
Who can fathom You,
Oh! Supreme Being and Your Intention?
Fate faced a drastic change in complexion…
…as the cataclysmic news was relayed,
In hues of grey kismet lay jaded,
The very being lay devastated…
…frayed and disarrayed…
Even now bathed in rue,
We call out to You…
…our Dearest, most Adored You,
Come, caress our destiny,
With ‘That’ benediction long overdue…?

Years have rolled by,
Since we had a darshan of You,
Each day has left a poignant residue…
…each moment a trying journey…
…seeming like million decades through,
We seek a boon,
Bless us, Dearest One, why don’t You…
…when will You…?
Come, caress our destiny,
With ‘That’ benediction long overdue…?

Come caress our destiny,
The heart longs for a divine rendezvous…
When will we see You again,
Oh! Beloved of our soul…Beloved You…?
Come, resurrect prashanti…that hallowed avenue…
Nothing can replace You…
…never ever can there be an ‘in lieu’…
You are our true wealth, our treasure,
You Whom we thoroughly…
…most profoundly value,
Once again come…
…caress our destiny through and through…

Memories do a replay,
Dreams and visions pirouette joyously hitherto,
No doubt the Presence is felt deeply…
…by those devoted…
…for…
…like lyrics of a song…
…they live constantly, melodiously in tune with You,
…immersed perennially in thoughts of You,
Yet, is there a heart that doesn’t long to see You?
Come, caress our destiny,
With ‘That’ benediction long overdue…?

Come, Oh! Precious One…
…come and caress our destiny,
Forgive us our trespasses…
…of which there are innumerable many,
Come, Oh! Beloved Soul…
…come make our fate sublime,
Fragmented Earth needs a breakthrough,
Nothing can compare with a sight of You,
Then,
The feelings that soar within…
…are exquisitely extraordinary too,
For You are that Sovereign Being…
…and we are…only because of You,
Oh! Cosmic Heart, Oh! Sweet Ocean Of Pure Love,
Come and command humanity to be born anew,
Help us transcend…ascend…
…our sacred soul contracts renew,
Come, caress our destiny,
With ‘That’ benediction long overdue…?

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Aradhana – A Synonym For Awakening The God Within…

Awaken to Divine Love…is Aradhana Mahaotsav…
All negativity…cleanse and repulse…reach out, rise above…extolling the triumph of  divine love…the transition from the superfluous to the mellifluous…

Personally, the Aradhana Month is a time to attune and commune, contemplate, cogitate, meditate, envisage, ponder and wonder – How can we awaken the God within us…so as to reach out to the God/s around us?
Thus, this specific time set aside for Aradhana alludes to an eternal way of life…for it is all about stirring an awakening…awaking to the inner illumination…awakening the God within. This elevated period is all about opening up to and enveloping all life…all fellow beings with His Divine Love. The heart contains sublime love enough to embrace the cosmos…we only need to be aware of it…wake up to it…and allow it to swirl and flow, gush and grow…nourish and flourish…refurbish the outlook the spirit once forsook while associating with and falling prey to the outward glitter of material living.

The forthcoming span from the last week of March to Thursday, 27th April 2017 lovingly bears an exclusive title – Aradhana Month.

Aradhana is a wilful expression of devotion…a deliberate dedication…ardent adoration that caresses the sweetly cherished softer-than-satin Lotus Feet…by way of multihued blossoms having churned the rusted mould…and overcome certain rigid outdated views, thereby enhancing an open perspective, sensitivity, sensibility…which consciously adapts to the harmony of oneness with all of creation as desired by the Supreme Beloved through His oft repeated dictums. Surely the goal of existence should be to live so as to solely please Dear Swami…and thereby avoid being a mere statistic upon the Cosmic Chart. Wouldn’t putting into action the notion of doing our utmost…so as to establish a harmonious co-existence…please our ever blissful Lord…? Wouldn’t that be the transcendental awakening to Divine Love…awakening the God within us…so as to reach out to the God/s in innumerable forms, shapes and sizes around us?

During March – April 2011, Beloved Bhagawan resolutely determined to enact sequential incidences that had a colossal impact on all. On 28th March, our most Precious One chose to admit Himself into the SSSIHMS. He then firmly resolved to withdraw His Divine Form from the physical sphere on 24th April. None in this created world can fathom or decipher His Decisions or Actions. The quest for answers has a simple conclusion – Accept His Will for He writes the Script, He is the Divine Director and the Drama of Creation, suffice to say, is His Leela, His Sport and Exclusive Play.

The yearning to see His beauteous Appearance,
To be in His immediate enchantingly soothing Presence,
Is a constant tug at the heartstrings…
Yet,
When the mind is cajoled to seek, experience…
…and behold the Beloved One…
…in every bit and being around us,
A wonderful journey unfolds…
…to a great extent the soul is suitably consoled…
…growing in awareness that in each heart that beats…
… it is Beloved Bhagawan Who is enthroned.

Aradhana is a devoted flow of worship and adoration. How can we express our adulation to Him Who is the Divine Indweller of one and all?
Isn’t He happy when all beings are happy?
Didn’t Bhagawan assert – ‘Happy, happy, happy…be happy…happy, happy, happy, make others happy…all will be happy, God will be happy’?
These profound lines were part of the theme song that echoed during the 90th Birthday Celebrations of our Loving Lord.

When selfless actions reach out to those in need, be it man, bird or animal…in the air, on land, in flowing waters or in the deep sea, it reverberates as vibrant energy…pulsating as a song of devotion touching that Vishal Hrudaya…a most exalted aradhana…and…the Lord smiles. It is akin to bringing soft sun rays of spring, warmhearted indulgence for anyone frozen from the chilling winds of winter, cold and alone.

Deeply earnest individual and collective efforts,
To adore and pay homage to our Beloved Lord…
…are like droplets in a stream of Sadhana…
…evolving into waves of fervent worship…
…gushing towards the Endless Ocean,
Streaks of lightning that shimmer…
…only to merge in the Eternal Ether,
Shooting stars and comets that blaze a trail…
…in the magnificent panorama of the Cosmos…
…culminating as a Prem Vandana…
…that adoringly embrace and greet…
…those most sacrosanctly treasured Lotus Feet.

To understand this interlude of special Aradhana better, we need to know about the period of Lent which culminates on Easter Sunday, fêted globally for being the day Jesus Christ resurrected Himself. Traditionally, the forty days in Lent are marked by Prayer (justice towards God), Fasting (justice towards self), acts of Penance and Almsgiving (justice towards neighbour/others). However, many devoted ones practice the all-encompassing compassion of Christ, forgiveness, being kind, giving up something they enjoy, introspecting, doing things that will bring them closer to God, as well as donating time or money to charities.
Quite significantly Dearest Bhagawan’s crucial enactment in 2011 took place during this period of Lent.

It certainly is a time of Sai Lent, of silently practising His Maxims, of steadfastly following His Exemplary Examples, of allowing our moments, our breaths…to convey His Kindness, His Benevolence, His Magnanimity…His Patience…the gentle sentiment of sensitivity, compatibility, amity and unity…the fond expressions of tender empathy, sympathy and ‘fellow feeling’ for all living beings…for as Hrudayavasa…He is the core of all sentient beings…since each heart is the temple where He eternally does dwell.

Our act may commence as a drop…
…yet every drop enhances the Ocean.
It may be a tiny spark but it can warm a lonely heart.
It may appear as a solitary grain,
However,
For a soul starved of care and love…
…it may represent a feast grand enough.

If you don’t attempt to fly, how will you soar?
The Lord recognises the intent…
…more than the fancy wrappings or the extent of the contents.

So, this duration is a time of paying respect and reverence to Sathya, to Dharma, to Prema, to Shanti. It is a time to honour the Bhagawan in all beings through the practice of Ahimsa, of encircling each living being with ‘maitri bhav’, exuding harmony for every atom of creation.

HE
H – Heaven…E – Earth…
HE…represents Heaven and Earth…
Heaven came to Earth…
Heaven walked on Earth…
Heaven became earth…
…and Earth a haven…
He spoke and taught us so much…
…we heard…but did we listen and learn?
He gave us so much,
We received…
…but what did we…
…and do we have to offer…
…to the Sai in all that exists around us?
He shielded us, He protected us and still does so…
He took on so much on His Mortal Frame for our sake,
What can we forsake,
…how can we mould our thoughts…
…words and deeds in a befitting manner…?
What activities can we engage in…
…to serve Bhagawan in every bit of creation…?
How can we shield and protect earth…
…while responding to His Call to Love all and Serve all…
…all creatures both great and small?

With all that Beloved Bhagawan has placed inside of us…how can we make a difference to all life around us? The ‘all life’ refers to the environment too…everyone qualifies, strong or meek; naive or wise, ailing or healthy; impoverished or wealthy…in the mineral, plant, animal or human world.
It certainly is a time to applaud and offer deep, devout gratitude to Beloved Bhagawan, His Almighty Grace…His Timeless Communiques…His Teachings Of Love And Peace For Every Atom The Cosmos Through, His Unconditional Love and Just Generosity…His Impartial Magnanimity, then to live in resonance with His Essence…to reach out beyond any confines…beyond any binding boundaries to be boundless…beyond self-centredness to selflessness…promoting human values and humaneness…a blessed Oneness through the true practice of Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu…Samastha Jeeva Sukhino Bhavantu…for that is when we raise ourselves to please the Beloved One in all of creation…in me and you.
Let Aradhana Mahaotsav…awaken us to Divine Love.

May our Aradhana truly be a divine synonym…a sanctified hymn…a holy reflection of Him Whom we are attempting to adore…ushering in an awakening of the God within…

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The Miracle Of Self Transformation…

‘Bhagawan, Sai, Baba, Swami, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Sai Maa, Mother Sai…’, every second, every minute, every hour of each day the Sacrosanct Name along with its incomparable essence resounds in myriad devoted hearts churning and revitalising thoughts, words and actions. However, it’s that profound moment of the year again when the soul desires to offer even deeper, full throttle homage to Beloved Swami, to His Truth, His Words, His Magnanimity, His Chosen Sojourn…this Celestial Odyssey, to the Impact of what He Willed to Enact and most distinctly to His lattermost Divine Decision during March – April 2011 that stunned one and all.

Acknowledging the inexplicable significance of this segment of time as regards the Divine Advent, so too, with a view to honour and serve the Sai in each being, devotees are lovingly observing the upcoming days spanning the last week of March – 27th April 2017, as a month of: ‘Giving and Forgiving’.

The Lord in His gentle, most tender compassion chose to descend to elevate us all…and more so…to alleviate the suffering of all earth beings. How can we offer gratitude to the One Whose mercy is so superlative and perfect? How can there be a true Sailent Offering…a Seva-Sadhana Vandana…a Prem Aradhana for the Beloved Master – Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba? Perhaps by ceaselessly ruminating over His Fascinating Advent, His Exalted Life, His Timeless Messages, His Dictums, His Distinct Responses, His ‘Being There For You Through Time…All The Time’…perhaps by emulating an iota of the infinite examples of Oneness He continually…ever so patiently set. Perhaps also through persistently pursuing and working on the miracle of self transformation.

The Teaching Of Love And Peace To All Creation…

Each day the Beloved One decided to spend in the SSSIHMS needs to be deeply respected and unfalteringly valued for none can fathom the larger picture. The Master Plan is known only to the Master Planner.

“What He selflessly determined to impose upon His Deified Sacred Silhouette…for sequentially elevating the cause of mankind and alleviating the distressed appeal of earth…is naturally not within the grasp of any human measure of understanding, interpretation or appreciation.
Certainly, any and every such discussion is mere presumptuous presumption…”

In recognition of Bhagawan as the Source, the origin of the five elements, the basis of all life forms, of human values…let us know Him and feel for Him in all that lives around us. Each episode of the Sathya Sai Avatar exemplified the vitality of compassion, the illustrious virtue of impeccable giving and gracious forgiving, of steering humans towards humanity.

Consequently, it is time to uniquely watch our WATCH – Words, Actions, Thought, Character and Heart especially during this holy period of Sai Lent, lent and granted to us for us – Universal Seva, by the Beloved One through this most mystifying enactment.


The underlying factor of any Divine Incarnation is peace for all…and particularly so for this greatest Advent of all advents – the Sathya Sai Advent, in which He declared Himself as – Sarva Devata Atita Swarupa. He came cloaked in the Dharma of Ahimsa, with Love as His Form and Truth as His Word…to embrace all with the supreme sentiment…the heady fragrance of Shanti, thereby heralding comprehensive transformations. So the wellbeing of creation, of the solar system, of earth, of each and every being is His concern and gives Him Bliss.

Thus, the coming time frame commencing during the last week of March 2017 till Thursday, 27th April 2017 is a month of introspection, deep contemplation…and it ought to prompt, precipitate an expansion in consciousness escorting an enlightened way of living. It should then culminate in the celebration of Sai…within and without…throughout. The Presence of Beloved Swami has to be joyfully extolled in every inch and atom that surrounds us – in the mineral world, the plant world, the animal/bird/aquatic world…and the human world.

Be it the soft colours of dawn or the blazing hues of a unique sunset; the sweltering desert sands or the icy Himalayan peaks; the mysterious waters of the deep sea or the gushing flow of rivers and streams; the magnificent wild animals or the chirping melodies of winged wonders; the blossoms of Spring or bitter winds of Winter; the elements five or that breath that gives life; the hard toils of the farmer or the helpless woes of the homeless; the innocence of a new born or the wisdom of the seers; the wealth of the wealthy or the paucity of those challenged; the meek or the strong, the righteous or the wrong; masculine, feminine, old or young…all are divinely connected, finely spun and strung…Sathya Sai is the core basis of this Cosmic Spectrum…

The Lord did us bless with colossal opportunities for random acts of kindness! Loving Obeisance to Beloved Bhagawan – the Teacher Supreme and His Supreme Teaching of Love and Peace to all Creation…

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The You Inside Of You Is Waiting For You



Friday, 25th March 2011.
7.15 pm.

As the Lord’s divine chariot was gently manoeuvred through the hushed spellbound host of devotees…none were aware as regards the heartrending sequence of events that the Beloved One had decided to determine determinedly. Certainly this crucial decision would have a stunning impact and lead to shattering tremors…heartrending for those who adored Him to the exclusion of all else.
No one in that congregation or those tuning in from elsewhere the globe over, had even a tiny, wee bit inkling, not even an iota of an iota of an inkling that this was to be the last public darshan hitherto. None were given a peek into the script of the Supreme Script Writer and Director…for His Cosmic Leela was and is based on the shimmering waves of trust, faith, patience and surrender…and those who yearned to be a part of it needed to sift, wrench and pull apart any lacklustre, unrequired, unnecessary, ‘excess-baggage’ habits, characteristics, biases and attitude.

What He ultimately chose to inflict upon His Divine Frame…
…for the ultimate benefit and upliftment of the human race…
…is completely beyond any mortal mind to understand…
…or even try to appreciate, gauge, interpret or unravel,
For sure,
…even if one tries to do so…it will remain as mere conjecture.

Of the Universe He is the Cause…He dictates the Decrees and the Codes of the Cosmos…and the Flawless One is beyond any laws…thus, there is none in the created world to decipher His Pause. Sovereign, Indomitable, Almighty is His Resolve and Will.
Still, not getting darshans of the enchanting Physical Form always remains an inexplicable tug, a gnawing unignorable soreness…an incalculable loss that nothing or no one can recompense…which even time does respect…feeling helpless it cannot help heal…it then attempts to help us deal…depending upon our prayerful implore…bringing along many a sweet caress of the Precious One’s omnipresent largesse…opening up episodes, events that wondrously connects and bequeaths an everlasting endorse.

When we begin to see Bhagawan in everything around us…the visible, the invisible; the sentient, the insentient…when we bless ourselves to feel Him in that soothing wisp of the breeze…or the playful whisper of rustling leaves upon the trees; the dazzling sun rays or the reflection of playful moonbeams upon the ocean waves; the tinkle of some far off temple bells or the mystical sea sound in conch shells; in that wonderful dawn, the soft hues of a sunrise or the spectacular sunsets where each one is a distinct surprise; in those that doubt or those devout; those versatile or those that never smile…in the vulnerable cry of a newborn whether in the humankind or the wild…when awareness arises that in every being…winged, finned, two legged or four…it is Mother Sai Who revels at each one’s core…we commence to manifest theYou inside of you…the Me inside of me…the Us inside of us…the Sai beyond the egocentric i…’ and thus we comprehend that darshans never end…

It is that moment now…to rise, arise…to the You within…the Truth within…for the You inside of you is brimming and waiting…for you…to then spill into everything around you.

Come, dear ones…sweet children of Mother Sai…through the intensification of ‘Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu…Samastha Jeeva Sukhino Bhavantu…’…through the review and the reevaluated view of harmonious kindred oneness, let us expressly manifest darshans anew…surge on…soar high with Beloved Sai…revel in a timeless avenue…eternally in a sublime rendezvous. Let us manifest that miracle…let us manifest darshans anew.

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A Silent…Sai Lent Offering…Intend A Potent Intent

Together Let’s Make A Daily Intent For Peace…

Requirements:
A Medium Size Box
A Pen
Some Paper
An Intent

Inscribe
Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu…Samastha Jeeva Sukhino Bhavantu can be written around the box
(Optional – As and when time gently gifts you some time…you may decorate your special Box that has been exclusively created to exude Love and Peace…loving, loving expansive peace…Prashanti for all beings whether wise or naive…young or old…incarnate or disincarnate…embracing all creatures both great and small…fragile, strong, tiny or mighty…)

Your intent is the most vital component for any kind of accomplishment or manifestation!

Daily, at least once, write the above chants on a piece of paper and place in the box
(It is up to each person how many times he/she may like to write SLSB/SJSB)

Love and Peace are the soul’s natural inheritance…restore this abundance…release it from the core…allow it to reign the fore.

Beloved Bhagawan chose this period of Lent to perform an extraordinarily astounding leela…while enacting a Cosmic Drama with refined precision…absolutely in accordance to the script written by Him.  The aftermath of this episode naturally leaves mankind, those that are aware, in a state of extreme shock and agony…giving way gradually to the acceptance of His Divine Will.

He also chose Easter day – 24th April 2011 to aloof Himself from the physical.

The Cherished One, having chosen the period of Lent for His stay in the SSSIHMS and His – this most baffling, unfathomable Drama culminating in the ‘withdrawal, disappearance’ of His Beatific Form…with a hidden ‘For the Time Being’ board…and His choosing to remain momentarily unseen as the scenes play on upon the Earthly Screen…for the past few years…hasn’t it linked us even more deeply, unequivocally, vocally, silently to this period…this Season of Lent…Sai Lent? 

Isn’t the onus upon us all, His children…the children of Sai…to make proper use of this period He has lent us all….? Shouldn’t we enhance our study, our practice…our steady practice while inching towards graduation day, while honouring our enlistment in the classroom of the Universe…the University of Sai…where the ether becomes the expansive roof?

Come then, with steadfast intent and pristine passion…let us in unison pray –
Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu…Samastha Jeeva Sukhino Bhavantu…
May there be peace for all those that inhabit the globe through…may there be peace for all beings the Universe through…may this vibrant resonance…all personal and environmental negativity undo… that includes cleansing within me and you…
Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu…Samastha Jeeva Sukhino Bhavantu…at the macro (lokaah) and micro (jeeva) level…may the Cosmos, Mother Earth, the World…each Heart that beats…know and feel peace, experience kindred harmony…that is sublime and true!

Peace arises out of the sentiment of Oneness! Intent, express, manifest…bestow this matchless largesse. 

Love you…Peace be yours…and be you in Peace too…

 

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