At this moment we are traversing the most profound phase of Lent. It is a period particularly set aside for deliberation, introspection, self absorption and meditation on Christ Consciousness. In order to eventually celebrate the resurrection of Christ…the day known to all as Easter…countless devout hearts fast for 40 days – praying, feasting on the name of God, contemplating, overhauling the mindset…and enhancing spiritual discipline. 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 proclaim silently through this most telling enactment – as regards a hush…an interim…an interval of sorts in the course of His Advent. The link in all this is – His Word and our Faith and Patience…faith in our patience and patience in our faith. What He chose to inflict upon His Divine Frame… …for the ultimate benefit and upliftment of humanity… …is completely beyond any human mind to understand… …or even try to appreciate, gauge, interpret or unravel, For sure, Even if one tries to do so… it will remain a mere conjecture. Easter this year is on 27th March…time to celebrate the culmination of Lent. Yet, for many of us…the period of Lent continues on. 28th March 2011 was the day Bhagawan revealed the SSSIHMS as the place pre-reserved for some startlingly significant scenes in this Cosmic Play that involved the Creator Himself and His creation on Planet Earth.
Personally, the period of Lent for me will persist on till the fulfillment of each of His Word…for His Word is His Will…the Will of the Supreme Being…the Ultimate Source…the Absolute Truth…and His Will will be done…His Kingdom will come….the Sathya of Sai will prevail…for the era of Sathya Sai has much more in store…moreover, we have not even witnessed the tip of the ‘saiceberg’ so to say, for it is hitherto hidden in the misty ocean of His Maya. Thus, the chapter of Sai Lent will conclude only upon His Resurrection…the time, its imminence, its exact implementation and fluid accuracy is known only to Him and remains His prerogative. ‘That day’ will be the most astonishing day recorded in the historical treatise of Earth…that day will be the most royal Easter Day…that day will stupefy, flabbergast, overwhelmingly transform the destiny of the human race…that day will be declared as the most marvellously sacrosanct Diwali Day…that day will gloriously witness the meteoric and spectacular cascade of His incomparable magnificent Grace.
Accordingly this popular hymn liltingly echoes – ‘Come to Me over the water, Peter, walk on the waves of the stormy sea, I know your boat is frail and fragile but believe in Me…I can do anything when faith doesn’t weaken…’
Dear Sisters and Brothers…let us once again bring about that tremendous fervour that rocked the earth and showered the celestial spheres with a deluge of human emotions in April 2011 – that pure matchless passion to see our Beloved Master amongst us again. Those expressions of one pointed desire still hover animatedly, expectantly, fragrantly in the ether. In the realm of the Divine – no prayer goes unnoticed, no heartfelt appeal is ignored and certainly no devotion is unreciprocated.
Let us seek blessings to purify our hearts that it may become a site for a grand Yagna; let the radiance of our individual and collective intensity as well as our immense adoration ignite a luminous flame within this purified arena…sparkling with exceptional brilliance; may our earnest devotion, dedicated intention, allegiance to the elements five, to human values and to universal harmony be the symbolic oblations offered alongside with intonations of selfless chants for the welfare of all life forms. Together with Swaha…let us intone – Aao Sai Maa (Come, Sai Maa). The heart space is the place from whence springs forth all miracles…for the Supreme One resides there.
Hidden within all of us is a Radha, a Mira, an Andal, a Tukaram, a Dhruv…and a Prahlad…to name just a few of those rapturously lost in the fervour of spiritual intoxication…unable to bear any separation…their souls pledged in a sublime matrimony to the Sovereign Soul, persuasive prayers that appealed, charmed, invoked and caused a reciprocation…an invincible Manifestation through ages gone by. Depth and profound intensity is the key to open the door to that pinnacle of adoration, devotion that compels an incarnation of the Supreme…a Supreme Incarnation. Let us all deepen our craving for the Lord – Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai…especially during this time that He chose to take upon Himself the hopelessly woebegone condition of humanity and the colossal contamination of Earth besides other unimaginable cosmic issues. It is a momentous interlude, so let us submit all our moments to it with steadfast intent and unwavering intensity.
Being keenly absorbed in Him, His Story…recollecting the Sai Bhagavatam…a chapter wise study; zealously, incessantly recalling His endless exalted leelas; radiating Samastha Lokaah/Jeeva Sukhino Bhavantu; performing random acts of kindness; being enrapt by His Words…so thoroughly researched and wonderfully assembled, streamlined ‘under one roof’ so to say…in the fascinatingly ruminative chronicle – Sai Thy Kingdom Come, enthusing a regular hallowed recitation akin to a resolute parayanam (a dedicated daily read through of predetermined chapters); concentrating on His pledge from the sacrosanct Bhagawad Gita – Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya…Glanir Bhavati Bharata…Abhyuthanam Adharmasya…Tadatmanam Sryjamyaham…compellingly attracting Him through His own vow that commits His Presence…are some practices and processes that we can follow seeking His Appearance…for Bhagawan is the only way out of all the micro and macro global adharma.
Beloved Lord, sweet Mother Sai…this is the feeling of our soul, this is the echo of every heartbeat…every atom of creation joins in too…to plead with You to guide our prayer and penance…to accept us, our love, our gratitude as well as our repentance. Earth craves a lasting relief and respite so essential for her existence…for the survival of the beings that do dwell upon her compassionate bosom…for liberating her, her fertile soil and environ…consequently, along with us all, earth single-mindedly awaits You…Your Presence…so as to rekindle love and purity, truth and righteousness, harmony and oneness in mortal hearts gone arid and dry…totally bereft of warmth, sympathy and kindness. Precious One, Beloved Mother Sai…Resurrect…end this Sailence…at the earliest…consent, assent, relent…for until You resurrect it will be a continuous period of Sai Lent.