Every creature in creation has its origin in the Creator…and thus belongs to Him. We are all caretakers for our ‘own’ children as well as all those that are ‘owned’ by Him. Creator – creature – Creator. This is the journey. This is the Cosmic Play.
Everyone and everything is but an expansion of Him. Like the waves that dance upon the bosom of the Ocean has a fleeting ‘life’ of its own…till it merges once again to know itself to be the mighty Ocean. Just like the sun and its rays…the shimmering moonbeams and the moon…the flower and its fragrance…the essence is Oneness.
Adwaita Darshanam Gyanam…we have to see, know and experience Him in all…reach out and serve the Him in all…if we do not perceive Bhagawan in all…have we understood Him at all…?
How far away from Him…His All-Embracing Love have we strayed…?
Let’s press the pause button on the screen of our life and ponder upon the following words of Bhagawan (extracted from radiosai journals 10/01MAY 12/04) –
In fact once, way back in 1968, Swami took the hands of two elderly American devotees in His Hands and He said “And I want to share with you something you must never forget.” He said, “In the end, in the final analysis when the body turns to dust and everything is gone, what will matter is not how big a house you had or what type of car you drove or how much money you had in your bank account. The only thing that will matter is how much love you have shared with all of creation.” And then Swami paused and said the next part. He said, “How much love you have shared with all of creation in every single moment of your life.”
“Foster the tiny seed of Love that clings to “me” and “mine.” Let it sprout into Love for the group around you and grow into Love for all mankind and spread out its branches over animals, birds, and those that creep and crawl and let the Love enfold all things and beings in all the world. Proceed from less Love to more Love, narrow Love to expanded Love.”
“Why should you argue that animals, beasts and birds are bad? Each is treading its own dharma. They have greater cooperation and mutual love than even men.
Man can live better if he learns from animals.
When the Lord incarnates, He has as one of His Tasks the protection of sadhus, of beings with quiet, innocent natures. Among animals are countless sadhus, remember.” (Sathya Sai Baba in a question and answer session – Peggy Mason’s Magazine, Summer 1996)