The Greatest Disease Of Them All

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


The Greatest Disease Of Them All

Loving Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam.

These days, there is a lot of concern about killer diseases like TB, AIDS, Malaria, and so on. In recent times, even greater concern has arisen about the so-called Bird Flu. As of now, Bird Flu has not yet become a pandemic, but everywhere there is great fear that if the H5 N1 virus that is responsible for Bird Flu were to undergo one deadly mutation, then hell can break loose and millions would die in a matter of months if not weeks. Mass outbreaks of flu leading to millions of quick deaths have happened in the past and therefore the present global concern including in the WHO, is not without a basis.

Today we would like to discuss another disease, somewhat of a different kind though, but which is very dangerous and has already infected almost every single human being. And yet, the amazing thing is that hardly anyone is paying attention to it! You do not believe this? Well, read on and see if what we are trying to say is correct or not.

The disease we are referring to is called body-consciousness [BC]. At this point, a good many of you might feel cheated and possibly yawn, “Oh that? It is ridiculous and preposterous to suggest that BC is a killer like AIDS or Bird Flu. Looks like the H2H Crew has gone bananas!” Well, that is the way BC might appear to most people who have not sat down to ponder over the consequences of BC. However, we are choosing to focus special attention on BC because protection against BC is as important for the welfare of mankind, as the protection against TB, AIDS, Bird Flu etc. Allow us to explain.

We wonder how many realise that Sathya Sai Baba has discussed BC repeatedly over the decades. Would He do it if BC were not something we ought to guard ourselves against? This being the case, let’s get down to business, and examine what exactly BC is and how it can affect the individual as well as Society.

We start with Sathya Sai Baba’s reminder that every human being is actually a union of three distinct entities – the subtle Mind [M], the gross body [B], and the Eternal Atma [A] or Soul, whatever you wish to call it. That is why Sathya Sai Baba sometimes says we are all MBAs!

Agree that every human being is a conglomerate of three entities. The question now arises: “What is the hierarchy, what is the pecking order, who is the boss?” Two scenarios are possible. In scenario 1, the body along with the senses get into the driving seat and weaken the Mind. In this case, the Mind slavishly follows the body and the senses and allows itself to be dragged excessively into the external world, and that is not good.

You might wonder: “Not good? Why? What’s wrong with the so-called external world? After all, is it not God who created this world? Why then shun it? Something seems to be very cock-eyed here!” By the way, a person who is a slave to the senses is suffering from acute BC! To get back to what we were trying to say, this is the way people suffering from BC would tend to look at the entire argument.

Let us examine the whole matter a little more closely and dispassionately. We must start by asking which is more important – the transient or the Eternal. This question is not as ridiculous or irrelevant as it might appear to some people. The long term is very important and if it were not, why then all the hue and cry about the environment, the eco system, the danger to the planet and all that? Do people say: “Let’s have a ball right now, and forget about what happens to the planet? If the people who come later inherit a planet that is screwed up from top to bottom, well, that is their problem.” Do people talk like that? In fact, can we ever talk like that? Can we summarily dismiss future generations? Absolutely not! In the same way, we as “individuals” must also examine what is supposed to be our “long-term” future.

The nature of our ultimate destiny has been spelt out very clearly by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on innumerable occasions. He says:

“O man, I have granted you the invaluable blessing of human birth, not for you to fritter it away in meaningless pursuits, as in fact you are doing now, but to recognise the Divinity latent in you. Live so that this Divinity within finds expression in all aspects of your daily life. This and this alone would help you to return to your true home. From God you have come and to God you must return.”

Question: “All this is fine but what has BC got to do with all this?” Our answer is: “Everything.” You see, BC makes us think we are the body but are we? Swami conveys the same beautifully:

“You drive a car and travel. Are you the car? NO! In the same way, the body is just a car. Who is the driver? The Indweller. That Indweller is none other than the Real You. Instead of realising you are the actual owner of the car and behaving as such, you are going about acting as if you are the car. You know what happens to a car? After a few years it becomes junk and is scrapped. That’s what happens to your body! Your body may perish but the Real You will not and cannot. The moment you realise this and adjust your life to this truth, you would come to me.”

So it all boils down to this. If we do not consciously fight BC and allow ourselves to be dominated by it, then we will start hurting Society without being aware of it. There are innumerable ways in which one can hurt, starting from smoking, to offering and receiving bribes. You might ask: “How can smoking and corruption be related to BC? This is too far-fetched!” Is it? People smoke because the body craves for it. If the person is not attached to the body, would the person smoke? As for corruption, why does one pay or receive a bribe? To get some personal advantage. Why this craving? To satisfy greed, ego, etc. So once again, BC enters the picture.

If we think carefully, the explosive growth in the consumer industry is a direct result of an exponential growth in desires, which in turn is due to BC becoming more virulent than ever before. Drug addiction, alcoholism, AIDS – all these can be traced to BC. It is thus the mother of all infections! In which case, should we not give some thought to fighting it?

Sathya Sai Baba says that no matter how devoted we are to God, if we do not try to fight BC, then we are doomed to be born repeatedly and face the music, that is to say all the problems of life over and over again. In Gita Vahini, Sathya Sai Baba makes it very clear that we must live this life so that we are not born again, and that this death would be the last one. Human birth is thus a precious opportunity to escape forever, the cycle of repeated births and deaths. The question is: “Do we want to blow this opportunity?”

Think about it!

With Love and Regards,

“Heart2Heart”
RadioSai’s e-Journal Team,
In Sai Service.

Thank You…God!

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Thank You…God!

A few days ago one of our readers from the US wrote to us sharing a sad story about his daughter’s response to his loving concern. He had been saving considerable amounts of money for his daughter right from her childhood and now when he sent the accumulated sum to his daughter, he received not even a ‘thank you’ from her. Understandably, this tore his heart and we felt prompted to write this Sunday’s article on the theme of gratitude. Gratitude is a quality which Sathya Sai Baba has emphasized in almost every discourse he gave to the students. Here are some reflections on this very important virtue by a former student of Swami’s Institute, Sri Y Arvind.

I was a guest in the tea estates of one of my friends in the Coorg District. They had a huge bungalow with a beautiful garden. Manicured lawns private enclaves, arbors…their garden had it all. The bungalow was colonial style and was designed so that each bedroom had its own balcony and being on top a hillock every room was a room with a view. The vista of the dark green spread out like a patchwork quilt and down the hill. My room faced the east and I had the pleasure of watching the sun rise through the mist and rain…when the clouds permitted.

One morning I woke with a feeling that today would be different. For some strange inexplicable reason I was feeling at peace with myself…I wanted to be alone…left alone…I wanted to savor every moment in its entirety. It had rained the whole of the previous night and the gentle whisper of the drizzle had ebbed into the sounds of dawn. It was still dark and the aroma of wet earth wafted in through the French windows. Sitting up in bed I felt different…a strange sense of humility enveloped me. The servants of the house had already woken – I just had to ring a bell and tea was delivered to my room.

With a mug of freshly brewed aromatic hot tea in my hand, I sat under the awning that stretched all over the balcony letting the warmth of the rich brown liquid seep into my palms. The haze that hung over the misty hills from behind which would emerge the sun, were tinted pink, yellow and orange. Even as I watched I saw them melt and reveal the lord of the day…suddenly there was a lump on my throat. My eyes blurred with tears and I was floating like a twig on waves of emotions. I was filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude to God; that I could see, hear, touch, feel and experience all that He had created…in its totality. My head bowed with tears trickling down my cheeks I thanked God…from the bottom of my heart. Thank you God! For the gift of Life! Thank you for allowing me to be part of this moment and above all thank you for awakening in me this sense of Gratitude.

The words of Earl Musselman ring true when he says:

“The sun was shining in my eyes, and I could barely see
To do the necessary task that was allotted me.
Resentment of the vivid glow, I started to complain —
When all at once upon the air I heard the blind man’s cane.”

Every time we are faced with a situation in life where we have to adjust or accommodate someone or somebody or something….we crib and quail that things are not going the way we planned them. We blame destiny when we have a flat tyre and curse fate if the gate is closed when we reach a railroad crossing. We fight with the cabdriver who crosses lanes and roar at the truck driver who overtakes us…life is so full of deadlines and commitments that we never find a single moment to stop and smell the proverbial roses. Above all how much time do we spare for God who has given us this beautiful world? Time and again we are reminded that we are all children of immortality dressed differently. All the differences are physical and ephemeral but deep down we are all the same. Having said that…were we to really feel it, what prevents us from expressing gratitude to the God in our fellow man?

Cicero, a consul of Rome during the reign of Julius Caesar concurred when he said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” And mentioning parents…. how much are we indebted to our mother and father? Having given us this body with which we enjoy the world and perform our duties, they should be the primary recipients of our gratitude. Swami says ‘Mother is God’ and ‘Father is God’; He in fact deifies them as Living Gods. Punning on the word ‘parent’ as ‘pay-rent’, Sathya Sai Baba says, having received so much from our parents, the least we can do is to offer them Gratitude. The advantage of developing this wonderful virtue of Gratitude is that Gratitude does not come alone. Sacrifice, honesty, love, forbearance, understanding, tolerance, forgiveness…all of them arise as one develops the wonderful virtue of gratitude.

The power of Gratitude is eloquently expressed by Melodie Beattie, author of many inspirational books.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Gratitude makes us content with what we have and not crave for more. We learn to accept the Will of God in our lives and not fight every circumstance. We learn to discern with clarity and find order within ourselves – it helps foster discipline. Problems we face in our lives are actually lessons we learn in the school of life. They are custom-made to our level of understanding and evolution by the Teacher. They become ‘gifts’ only if you learn from them so that you won’t have to pay the next time you face one… Learn again from failures making them stepping stones to success.

Coincidences will cease to be so once we recognise the Divine Design. Every moment of life becomes a miracle were we to perceive His Grand Play. The past is a history of what we have done – and it will continue to repeat itself as long as we don’t learn from it. As one wise man said, “You can either learn from the past or run from it…” More often than not, in retrospect, we find some past experiences which were bitter then to have made now sweeter. Mistakes happen – don’t dwell on them . Take the essence, absorb it and then look ahead. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. Swami says “Past is dead, future is a dream, present is all you have. Present is omnipresent”.

Thankfulness is limited to words but Gratitude reflects itself in action and is therefore far superior. What better example of this do we find than Sathya Sai Babaji? Late Professor Kasturi once found Swami patting and blessing a buffalo(!) thanking it for the effort it had taken to carry water up the hill everyday – while none else had bothered. Yet again on another visit, the watchman of a guesthouse where Sathya SaiBaba had rested had the privilege of a personal photograph taken with the Lord. Just the watchman and God… but the poor man did not receive a copy and was miserable. On His next visit a year later Swami, sent for him and personally gave the photo.

Whether we are aware of it or not, He remembers every single act done for Him and returns it a million-fold. Draupadi, the consort of the Pandavas, bound the bleeding finger of Krishna with a strip of cloth torn from her own sari. The Lord returned this small action, multiplied a thousand-fold when she was being dishonoured in the court of the Kauravas. One can go on and on in this vein… When God does not mind saying “Thank you” in His myriad own mysterious ways…shouldn’t we do the same to our fellowmen?

Times change, people change, but let the change be for the better. Let our days begin and end with gratitude to the Lord for this wonderful opportunity of being alive. To be alive is a miracle and to be able to be of use to others is a greater gift. And finally, life finds fulfilment only when it is of use to others…Gratitude teaches us that!.

Jai Sai Ram.

With Love and Regards,
“Heart2Heart” Team

Insights About Happiness

Insights About Happiness By Swami Sivananda & Sathya Sai Baba

“At the doors of large granaries are placed traps containing fried rice (Moori) to catch mice. The mice, attracted by the flavour of the fried rice, forgets the more solid pleasure of tasting the rice inside the granary, and fall into the trap. They are caught therein and killed. Just so is the case with the soul. It stands on the threshold of Divine bliss, which is like millions of the highest worldly pleasures solidified into one; but instead of striving for that bliss, it allows itself to be enticed by the petty pleasures of the world and falls into the trap of Maya, the great illusion, and dies therein”. – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

INTRODUCTION
Man wants happiness. He shuns pain. He moves heaven and earth to get the happiness he wants from sensual objects, and lo, gets himself entangled in the extricable meshes of Maya. Poor man! He does not know that these objects are perishable and evanescent, finite and conditioned in time, space, and causation. And what is more, he fails to get the desired happiness from them.

Sensual pleasure is tantalizing. There is enchantment so long as man does not possess the objects. The moment he is in possession of the object, the charm vanishes. He finds that he is in entanglement.

The bachelor thinks of his marriage, day and night. He thinks he is in imprisonment after the marriage is over. He is not able to satisfy the extravagant wants of his wife. He wants to run away from the house to forests. The rich but childless man thinks he will be more happy by getting a son, goes on pilgrimage to Ramesvaram and Kasi, and performs various religious ceremonies. But when he gets a child, he feels miserable; the child suffers from epileptic fits and his money is given away to doctors. Even then, there is no cure. This is Mayaic jugglery. The whole world is fraught with temptation.

A SPECTACLE OF SORROW
A worldly man is always drowned in sorrow. He is ever struggling to get something, some money, some power, some position, and so on. He is always anxious as to whether or not he would get it. Even when he is in actual possession of the thing he so passionately longed for, he is very anxious lest he should lose it.

A rich man has great wealth, but he has no children. And so he is pained at heart. A poor man has fourteen children, but he has nothing to eat, and so he is miserable. One man has wealth and children, but his son is a vagabond, and so he is worried. One man has riches and good sons, but his wife is very quarrelsome. No one is happy in this world.

The session judge is very discontented. He thirsts to become a high court judge. The minister is also discontented. He longs to become the premier. A millionaire is discontented; he yearns to become a Croropati (Billionaire). The husband is discontented; his wife is black and thin; he wants to marry another wife with good complexion. The wife is discontented; she want to divorce and marry a rich, young husband. A lean man is discontented; he wants to put on fat and gulps cod-liver oil. A fat man takes antifat pills. No man is contented in this world.

A doctor thinks that the advocate is very happy. The advocate thinks that the businessman is more happy. The businessman thinks that the judge is more happy. The judge thinks that the professor is more happy. No one is happy in this world.

An emperor is not happy. A dictator is not happy. A president of a state is not happy. God Indra is not happy.

Who is happy then ? A sage is happy. A Yogi is happy. He who has controlled his mind is happy.

Happiness comes from peace of mind. Peace of mind comes from a state of mind wherein there are no desires, no Moha, no Vishaya, no thoughts of objects. You should forget all ideas of pleasure before you enter the domain of peace.

PLEASURE IS MIXED WITH PAIN
You cannot have pleasure without pain. Wherever there is pleasure, there is pain. You vainly seek pleasure in gold, in women (or men in the case of women), in this mundane existence. You cannot have absolute happiness in a relative physical plane of pairs of opposites. The pairs of opposites rotate in their turn. Death follows life. Night follows day. Light follows darkness. Pain follows pleasure.

One part of pleasure is mixed with fifteen parts of pain. Pleasure that is mixed with pain, fear and worry is no pleasure at all. If you carefully begin to analyze this one part of pleasure also, it will dwindle into an airy nothing. You will find that it is mere play of the mind.

Pleasure and pain are relative terms only. They are not two entities. They are obverse and reverse sides of the same coin. The difference is not in kind, but in degree only.

Pleasure and pain are two names for one thing. They are two aspects of one thing. For a worldly man without philosophical knowledge, they appear as two different entities.

PLEASURE AND PAIN LIE IN THE MIND
What is pleasure for you is pain for another. What is pleasure for you now is pain after some time. The first two cups of milk gives you pleasure. The third cup induces disgust, nausea and retching. Milk does not give pleasure during fever. Therefore, pleasure is not in the objects, but in the imagination or inclination of the mind.

Pleasure and pain, beauty and ugliness, are all false imaginations of the mind. Mind is a false, illusory product. Conceptions of the mind also must, therefore, be false.

Pleasure and pain are in the mind only. It is subjective. Things, when longed for, are pleasant; but are bitter if not longed for. Desires are the cause for pleasures.

You can convert pleasure into pain and pain into pleasure by thinking, by Bhavana, by imagination. Many vegetarian students who have gone to England to prosecute their studies have become inveterate meat-eaters. Meat was very repulsive to them when they were in India. Mere sight used to induce vomiting. How is it they are able to relish meat with avidity, cupidity and stupidity now ? By simple change in thinking.

Ignorant persons attribute their pleasure to external objects. That is a serious blunder, indeed. Really, there is no pleasure in objects. There is neither pleasure nor pain in objects. It is all mental creation, mental perception, mental jugglery. It is only the mental attitude or a certain kind of mental behaviour towards objects that bring joy or grief, pleasure or pain. Maya has her powerful seat in the imagination of the mind.

When you are in acute agony, a cup of coffee, milk or tea does not give you any pleasure. When you are in acute agony, the whole world which appeared to you to be full of bliss while in good health, appears quite dreary. The world loses all its charms while you are seriously ailing. A real thing must give pleasure for everybody at all times. Is it not ?

PLEASURE IS THE CAUSE OF PAIN
The cause of pain is pleasure. The man who is addicted to taking tea, and is in the habit of taking fruits and milk after meals, feels very miserable when he cannot get tea, or fruits and milk, in a certain place. When the wife dies, the husband is drowned in sorrow, not because of the loss of his loving partner in life, but because he cannot get sexual pleasure now.

The cause of pain is pleasure. The cause of death is love for sensual life. Give up all sensual pleasures, if you do not want pain. Give up sensual life, if you do not want death.

Enjoyment cannot bring satisfaction of desire. On the contrary, it aggravates and intensifies desires and makes the mind more restless through sense-hankering or Trishna, just as the pouring of ghee or oil aggravates fire. The fewer the wants, the greater the happiness.

Many rich persons, in spite of their immense wealth and possession of two or three wives, are extremely miserable and unhappy. I have come in contact with several rich landlords. They are all discontented, restless, peevish and very miserable. It is evident, therefore, that happiness does not lie either in money, objects or woman (or man).

THE SOURCE OF HAPPINESS
There is no happiness at all in any of the objects of the world. There is not an iota of happiness in objects, because they are insentient. Even the sensual pleasure is a reflection of the Atmic bliss only. It is sheer ignorance to think that we derive any pleasure from the sense-objects or from the mind.

When there is a desire in the mind, the mind is filled with Rajas. It is in an agitated condition. It is restless and unpeaceful. It will be restless till the desired object is attained. When the object is attained and enjoyed, when the desire is gratified, the mind moves towards the Inner Soul. It ceases functioning. It is filled with Sattva. All thoughts subside for a split second; the mind rests in the Soul within. The Soul’s bliss is reflected in the intellect. But the ignorant man thinks that he is getting the happiness from the object; just as the dog which is biting a dry bone imagines that it is getting the pleasure from the bone, that the blood is oozing from the bone, whereas in reality, the blood comes from its own palate.

REAL HAPPINESS IS WITHIN
Real happiness is within you. It is in the Atman. It is subjective. It manifests when the mind is concentrated. When the Indriyas are withdrawn from the objects outside, when the mind is one-pointed, when there is Vasana-kshya and Manonasa, when you become desireless and thoughtless, Atmic bliss begins to dawn, spiritual Ananda begins to thrill.

The musk is in the navel of the deer, but it runs here and there to smell it. The chain is in the neck of the damsel, but she runs hither and thither in search of it. The precious diamond is within you, but you run after the broken glass-pieces in vain. Even so, the ocean of bliss is within you; the fountain of joy is within you; and yet, you run here and there in search of it. The Sun of suns is ever shining in you, but your blind eyes cannot behold it. The eternal sound is ringing within you, but your deaf ears cannot hear it.

Go wherever you may, to Gulmarg or Pahalgam in Kashmir, to Darjeeling in Simla, to Vienna or the Alps. It is all the same. You will not find any real rest. The charming scenery may soothe the retina for a second. Raga, Dvesha, jealousy, passion and greed are everywhere. You will find the same earth, the same sky, the same air, and the same water. And you carry with you the same mind. Imagination and change of place have deceived not a few. O man! Be contented. Live where you may, but discipline the mind and the senses. Meditate on the Inner self, the Antaratman, ceaselessly. Here you will find everlasting peace. Mind will stop deceiving you now.

Raja Bhartrihari, Raja Gopichand, Lord Buddha deserted kingdom and all pleasurable objects, palaces, music, children, wife, etc., to attain Atmic bliss which is everlasting. They attained immortality. They are not fools. Had there been real happiness in objects, they would have stuck to this world. The difficulty is that the worldly men with gross Vyavaharic Buddhi are not able to understand or comprehend a supersensual spiritual bliss that exists beyond the senses, mind and intellect.

SENSUAL PLEASURE AND SPIRITUAL BLISS
Spiritual bliss is the highest bliss. Spiritual bliss is bliss of one’s own Soul. It is transcendental bliss. It is independent of objects. It is continuous, uniform and eternal. It is enjoyed by the sage only.

Sensual pleasure comes out of emotion. But bliss of the Soul is self-delight. It is the innate nature of the Atman. Pleasure is temporal and fleeting. Bliss is eternal and everlasting. Pleasure is mixed with pain. Bliss is unalloyed happiness. Pleasure depends upon nerves, mind and objects. Bliss is independent and self-existent. There is effort in attaining sensual pleasures, but there is no striving in experiencing the bliss of the Soul. The drop joins the ocean. The Jiva floats in the ocean of bliss.

Purify the mind by Japa, Satsanga, charity, control of mind, self-restraint, selfless service, study of the Gita, the Upanishads, Yoga-Vasishtha, Bible, Koran and other religious scriptures, practice of Yama and Niyama, Pranayama, Vairagya and Tyaga. You will then get a proper instrument for meditation, a calm, sharp, subtle, one-pointed mind. Start meditation with the help of this instrument for three hours in the morning and three hours at night. Then a new kind of indescribable Ananda will dawn in you. You will be convinced of a supersensual spiritual bliss. You will have to feel this spiritual Ananda yourself. You will have to eat it yourself. Can you explain the sexual happiness to a boy of twelve? Can you explain the happiness of sugar-candy to a boy who has not tasted the same ? No, you cannot. The boy himself must eat sugar-candy. He must, when he has grown up, taste the carnal pleasure.

Worldly men think they are quite happy because they get a few ginger biscuits, some money, and a woman. O, if they would just taste the nectar of immortality, what should be the intensity of happiness they should feel!

The body is an abode of misery and disease. Wealth brings a lot of trouble in acquiring and keeping safe. Sorrow springs from every connection. Women (or Men) are a perpetual source of vexation. Alas! people prefer this path of misery to that of spiritual enjoyment.

Enough, enough of your tea and coffee, enough of soda and lemonade, enough of father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister and relations. You have had countless fathers and mothers, wives and children in the past. You came alone. You will go alone. None will follow you save your own actions. Realize God. All miseries will come to an end.

Though surrounded by pleasurable or painful objects to disturb your equilibrium of mind, remain immovable as a rock, receiving all things with equanimity. Be always cheerful. Laugh and smile. How can a mind that is gloomy and dull think of God ? Try to be happy always. Happiness is your very nature. This is termed cheerfulness. This spirit of cheerfulness must be cultivated by all aspirants.

Keep the mind in state of moderation or happy, golden mean. Never let it run to excesses. People die of shock from extreme depression as well as extreme joy. Do not allow Uddharsha to crop up in the mind. It is excessive merriment. Mind always runs to extremes, either to extreme depression or extreme joy. Extremes meet. Extremes bring about reaction. Mind can never be calm in excessive joy. Let the mind be cheerful, but calm.

This world is a mere appearance. Mind and the senses are deceiving you every moment. You have mistaken pain for pleasure. There is not even an iota of happiness in this sense-universe. Abandon these selfish struggles and schemes for amassing wealth. March directly to that wire-puller who is moving these toys of fleshy human bodies, who is keeping up this big show. In Him only you will find lasting happiness and perennial joy. Merge in Him by practicing daily meditation and japa.

Reference

Sathya Sai Baba Quotes On Happiness

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba: “Within you is the real happiness. Within you is the mighty ocean of nectar divine. Seek it within you!”

Sathya Sai Baba: “If you want peace and if you want happiness you must live in love. Only through love will you find inner peace. Only through love will you find true happiness. Love flourishes through giving and forgiving. Develop your love! Immerse yourself in love!”

Sathya Sai Baba: “The happiness of everyone is My happiness. This is the inner meaning ofthe prayer, lokah samasthah sukhino bhavan-thu (May all the people of the world be happy).”

Sathya Sai Baba: “The person who is wedded to Truth and Love would need nothing more for peace and happiness. When Creation is witnessed through these values, it becomes holy scripture, an inspiring lesson and guide.”

Sathya Sai Baba: “I have come not to disturb or destroy any Faith, but to confirm in his own Faith, so that the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim a better Muslim and a Hindu a better Hindu. I have come to reconstruct the ancient highway to God; to instruct all in the essence of Vedas, to shower on all this precious gift; to protect Sanathana Dharma, the Ancient Wisdom and to preserve it. My Mission is to serve happiness and so I am always happy to come among you, not once but twice, thrice as often as you want me. To set right those who have taken to wrong path and to protect the good people, Sai will be born again and again. I have come to light the lamp of Love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster. I have not come on any mission or publicity for any sect or creed or cause nor have I come to collect followers for any doctrine. I have no plans to attract disciples or devotees into my fold or any fold. I have come to tell you of the Universal, Unitary Faith, this Path of Love, this Duty of Love, this Obligation to Love. Believe that all hearts motivated by the One and Only God, that all Faiths glorify the One and Only God, that all Names in all languages and all Forms man can conceive, denote the One and Only God. His adoration is best done by means of Love. Cultivate that attitude of Oneness between men of all creeds, all countries, and all continents. This is the message of Love I bring!”

Sri Jodi Adipalli Somappa

He has a million names and a million forms, though He is beyond all names and forms, all adulations and attributions. The One whose stature transgresses all the limits and benchmarks set by the worldly, He often comes in response with the most viable and potent solution to his puzzles and problems. Quite often we have experienced this gentle tap from the Greater Heaven in the most unexpected, unfamiliar form. Read on for yet another story of His ‘visiting card’ born out of the pen of the illustrious Prof. N. Kasturi, as published in the Sanathana Sarathi, May, 1959.

Sri Jodi Adipalli Somappa

“Then, suddenly from among the crowd, an old man emerged. He shouted in a loud commanding voice, ‘Give the child to me;’ there were two women and one man with him, who also pleaded, ‘Give the child to him, lady! He is famous as a curer of children’s diseases. He has saved many children from death.’ And, so, losing all fear, my wife handed over the child to him.”

This is from a letter written by S. R.V. on 28th November 1958. The incident happened on 25th November 1958. The ‘old man’ was no other than Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Himself; the two women and the man who accompanied him were also creations of His Grace and Power, whom He had with Him, while He appeared in disguise in His Mission of Mercy! The child is the lovely little baby that Sathya Sai Baba is seen holding, in the picture that forms the front-piece of this number of Sanathana Sarathi. (NOTE: The same image is reproduced in this article) Let us now look a little closer at this strange story, this Leela of Bhagawan…

Sathya Sai Baba With Sudha

Sathya Sai Baba With Sudha


Sudha Raghunathan As A Child With Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sudha Raghunathan As A Child With Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba


A devotee, S.R.V. from Bangalore had come to Puttaparthi, with his wife and child, for the Birthday Festivities of the Bhagawan, on 23rd November 1958 and he left the Prasanthi Nilayam on the 25th at 12.45 P.M. taking leave of Baba, and receiving from His hands, the Vibhuti which He gets by a mere wave of the Hand, as well as a few oranges.

At 5:30 P.M. that evening, when some devotees gathered round Him at the Prasanthi Nilayam, Baba told them a dramatic tale of ‘death’ and ‘rebirth!’ He said that S. R. V.’s child, Geetha Sudha, called Sudha, for short, had died on the way to Bangalore at 2:45 p.m. but, He had left His body at Puttaparthi and hurried to the place and manifested Himself as an old man and saved the child. His narration was full of details and very clear and devotees who keep diaries of their experiences have recorded every word of it. He said that the child was sleeping on the back seat; that a scratching sound was heard by the mother; that when she turned she was shocked to find the baby stiff and blue and practically lifeless; that the moving car was stopped; that the time was 2:45 P.M.; that the place was between Palasamudram and Bagepalli; that a huge crowd of villagers gathered on account of the wailing; that every one was advising all kinds of remedies and cures; that a bus proceeding to Hindupur came on the scene, was stopped and added to the confusion; that as soon as the bus moved off, He appeared as an old man and demanded that the child be given over to Him, saying that He heard about the tragedy and had come running to the place; that He asked the party for a little Vibhuti, because He was sure they had it; that, keeping the child on His lap, He showed it His real form, upon which the baby, as usual on all occasions when He took the child up in His hands, cried; that He pretended to go through some curative rituals and handed the baby to the overjoyed parents; that S. R. V. thanked Him profusely for His service; that he offered to pay Him a rupee, which He refused to accept; that he pressed upon Him an Orange out of the five or six that He Himself had given him at noon while leaving Him at Puttaparthi, and that after invoking upon that fruit the calamity that had pursued the baby, He threw it away before reaching the Nilayam!

On the 28th November, a long letter written by S. R. V detailing the entire incident was received at Puttaparthi and it was given over by Baba to be read by those who had heard Him describing the miracle, three days earlier, within a few hours of the ‘death’ and ‘re-birth.’ What a surprise it was to read in the letter that the child was sleeping on the back seat (!) there was heard a scratching sound (!) that the body was stiff, that the child was breathless, that the villagers ran in from all directions, that there were suggestions galore, that the Hindupur bus was stopped at the scene (!) and then, the para quoted above! “Then, suddenly from among the crowd, an old man emerged…”

The letter continued, “The old man placed the child on His lap and she began to cry (!) He also heated a copper wire and applied it to the brow. We thanked him much for saving the child to accept at least a rupee as a reward (!) But, in spite of our best efforts he refused to accept it. I then gave him an orange from among the ones which Baba had given us while leaving. He asked us to leave for Bangalore without worry and do Arati to our Ishtadevata, Venkataramanaswami as soon as we reached home. I asked him his name and he gave it as Jodi Adipalli Somappa.”

S. R. V. concluded his letter thus, “I am now certain that the Old Man was no other than Baba Himself. I also suspect that the three villagers who asked us very forcibly to give Sudha into His Hands were also ad hoc creations of His Leela. My inference is that Baba must have gone on a ‘trance’ about 2:30 or 2:45 P.M. on the 25th.”

We, who had heard Baba relate the whole thrilling story on the 25th evening itself, have no doubt in our minds that Jodi Adipalli Somappa is no other than Baba Himself, Baba manifesting Himself 48 miles away to save the child!

Om Jodi Adipalli Somappaya Namah. . . Mysterious are the ways of the Lord. Words are of no avail, if one desires to describe Him. The mind is too feeble and instrument to measure His Glory. . . . . aprapya manasa saha!

(Readers may note that the story is an episode from the life of one of the distinguished voices in the carnatic music in India, Sudha Raghunathan from Chennai. Smt. Sudha Raghunathan has experienced the rare blessing of singing in the Divine Presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on various occassions)

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How Sathya Sai Baba Extended The Life Of Sri Seshagiri Rao

Sri Sathya Sai

Sri Sathya Sai


How Sathya Sai Baba Extended The Life Of Sri Seshagiri Rao

Prof. N Kasturi in “Sathyam Shivam Sundaram” narrates this thrilling experience of Sri Seshagiri Rao, who served as the priest at the Mandir in Prasanthi Nilayam:

Seshagiri Rao, who tended the shrine at the Old Mandir and later at the Nilayam for full 14 years had been injured by a fall and was in the throes of death. He was declaring aloud with his last breath the amazing Truth (enshrined in the Isavasya Upanishad) which no one except sages recall at the moment of mortal crisis: “This body composed of the five elements is disintegrating into its components; I am being liberated!” I stood by admiring and envying the old man. “What great good fortune, to pass into the beyond with these words on one’s lips!” I told myself.

Suddenly, Sathya Sai Baba appeared in the room, as someone had informed Him of the approaching demise of His trusted servitor. Baba chided Seshagiri Rao in firm tones. He said, “How dare you start on this journey, without taking a ticket from Me? Come down; do the task allotted to you. I order you to come to the Prayer Hall this noon and carry on with Arathi, as usual.” We stood aghast at this ‘unkindness’, but who are we to pit our judgement against the All-knowing One? Seshagiri Rao obeyed the order; he attended Bhajan and went through the allotted schedule of work.

Six months later, he fell ill, seriously ill and was admitted to the Sathya Sai Hospital; his condition worsened. His mental faculties began to fail, he lost all disgust for dirt and it saddened everyone that a faithful servant of God should suffer so. His brother came from Bangalore and prayed to Sathya Sai Baba that he may be allowed to take him to the Victoria Hospital where he could be given personal attention by his son and his nephews, who were employed there.

But, Baba said, “Do not worry at his present plight. I am allowing him to work out the suffering he has to undergo. After this, he has the chance to die peacefully and quite happily. Otherwise, I could have despatched him months ago, when he had a fall.” And, it happened so.

A month passed. Seshagiri Rao recovered quite mysteriously. The sun shone around him in his apartment. He spent six weeks of bliss, doing his chores. Then he started to decline and took to his bed. His son was by his side, tending him lovingly.

One evening, SaiBaba went into Seshagiri Rao’s room. I had the privilege of going with Him. He asked me to bring a cup of hot milk. Spoon by spoon, He fed him the entire cup, calling on him by name and telling him that it was his Baba that was feeding him! Then, He rose and moved; turning back at the door, He looked at him and said, “Now you can go!” And, Seshagiri Rao obeyed, within an hour! Baba knew when he had to come down and when he had to “go”. We can only watch and pray, only stand agape at the wonder and the meaningful “waywardness” of the wind of Grace.

Reference: “Sathyam Shivam Sundaram”, Vol-II by Prof. N. Kasturi. Page: 224-225. (Chapter: ‘Signs and Wonders’). Published by Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam.

That’s Life – Guru Purnima

On Sunday next, on the day of the full moon, Hindus all over the world will be celebrating “Guru Purnima” in remembrance of all “Gurus” – spiritual teachers/preceptors – and specially in memory of the first and greatest Guru, Ved Vyasa. Hindus revere the Guru before God himself because it is he who initiates the disciple into the love of God. Guru is composed of two words, “gu” meaning darkness and “ru” meaning light. So, a real guru is one who removes the darkness of ignorance and replaces it by the light of knowledge and wisdom.

A guru must be somebody who is a real model, well-versed in spiritual matters and devoid of all negative qualities like lust, anger and greed and he should also have the necessary skills to light the path of his disciples and show them the way to liberation which should be the ultimate goal of every living being. Like Brahma, the Creator, the Guru creates his disciple’s character; like Vishnu, the Preserver, he protects his good qualities; and like Shiva, the Destroyer, he destroys his bad habits and qualities.

Who was Ved Vyasa? Ved Vyasa, born some 3500 years before Christ; he was the grandson of Vashista and the father of the famous sage, Sukdeva Goswami popularly known as Suka who helped king Parikshit to get his liberation. The author of the Mahabharata that includes the celestial song, the Bhagavad Gita is known as Ved Vyasa because he collected the four Vedas and classified the spiritual knowledge they contained into four different parts viz Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. Ved Vyasa is also the author of the 18 Puranas that contain the stories of great saints and heroes. They are meant to instil spiritual and moral precepts in devotees.

A disciple who wants to win the grace of his guru must have complete faith in him and should acquire positive qualities like love, truth and righteousness. One cannot learn anything without a teacher. Whatever subject you want to study be it Art, Science, Music, Dance, Yoga, etc., you need a good teacher who can guide you and teach you the right skills for mastering those subjects.

Guru Purnima is a day on which we should revere our teachers and thank them for their guidance and the knowledge imparted to us. The Guru, like the sculptor who with his chisel and hammer turns a rough, worthless stone into something of beauty, moulds the character of his students so that it blossoms and spreads its fragrance all round. However a Guru has got to be tough at times. He may be compared to the dhobi who beats the dirty cloth on a rough surface to remove its dirt while ensuring that it does not get torn in the process.

Lights (Artee) are waved before the Guru and devotional songs sung in his praise. It’s only in the Hindu culture that a special day is set apart to honour the Guru. Hindus also consider as Guru anyone or anything that teaches them something beautiful, something that can be beneficial to society. Our parents are our first gurus but the tree that give shades ad provides fruits to others, the river whose water is used to quench thirst and water our garden, the laborious ant, the busy bee, the sun that never fails to rise everyday and provides us warmth are all teachers in their own ways.

Sai Baba whom many consider as their Guru has chosen the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima to hold a World Youth Conference and over 5000 young men and women from over hundred countries that include USA and Latin America, Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, Japan, China, etc., are at this moment at Prashanti Nilayam, his ashram in Puttaparthi, to participate in this conference. Swami refers to the youth as lions and He believes that the young have the power to change the world. That is why he showers great love on them and has opened many institutions — primary, secondary and tertiary — to impart to them the right type of education that will help shape their character. Mauritius has sent a 100-strong delegation to India to participate in this conference.

I would like to conclude this article with a very interesting story told by Sai Baba that has been sent to me by a friend from Souillac, Adiraj Pentiah. Once upon at time there was a hermit living in a forest. He had some disciples who were always quarrelling among themselves. Wishing to teach them how to live like friends and to love one another, he found no better way than to leave his hermitage for some time. Before leaving, he called all the disciples and told them that he would be absent for some time doing penance. He further told them that during his absence it would be their duty to look after the hermitage.

His meditation over, the hermit returned to a warm welcome by the disciples who wanted to know whether he had seen God. He answered in the positive and also told them that though God had blessed the ashram he was not at all pleased with the behaviour of the disciples. “However,” he told the group, “God has promised to come and stay with us for some time but he will be in disguise and will, each day, take the form of a different disciple so that each one gets the chance of representing him. He also informed me that he would be here some time before my arrival.”

Though they would not recognise him, the disciples were extremely glad to hear this piece of news and decided to be wary at all times and to practise their spiritual disciplines with greater fervour. One day, a disciple found that another one had taken his usual place. He was about to start a quarrel as was his habit but then controlled himself because he entertained some doubts about the true identity of his friend. “It may be that it is God in that disguise. I can’t ask him to move.” So saying, he went and sat silently at another place.

Thus, each time a disciple felt like quarrelling with another one, he thought that instead of his mate it could be God in disguise. So after some time all quarrelling stopped and the hermitage became a calm and peaceful place. This story teaches us that being children of the same God there is a spark of the divine in each of us. Once this truth is realised we will start loving and respecting everybody and will have no problem living in peace with all the citizens of the world.

–LECKRAM GUNNASAYA

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Ex-Devotee Of Sai Baba Expresses Sympathy For Terrorists And Murderers

Sanjay Kishore Dadlani
Middlesex University Student Residing In The UK

Sanjay wrote an article against me in response to my blogged post entitled “Sanjay Rejoiced When Sai Baba Temples Bombed”.

Sanjay said the following:

“Moreno Rejoices, Makes Death Wish”
Now it looks as if Gerald Moreno has also joined the ranks of the fanatics who wish death on anyone with the remotest connection to former devotees and criticism of Sai Baba in general.Please see: Lisa De Witt: Lisa Bombs A Temple to familiarise yourself with the issues.

After doing that, take a look at Gerald Moreno’s posting where he “exposed” the alleged death wish and ended up making a death wish of his own!

Tough luck to Moreno. He considers it to be very “fortunate” that the instigator of the bombings was gunned down by the police, thus openly rejoicing over Yazdani’s death.

Macabre magoots, driving themselves bonkers over defending Sathya Sai Baba and creating a show of incredible public ridicule for themselves. This is what it means to be a devotee of Sai Baba: You Lose Your Mind.

Moreno is too far gone to benefit from help. I should know, I’m a Psychology student. :-)

Sanjay’s response is very troubling for several reasons.

To begin, I have never wished (nor do I wish) death on anyone belonging to the Anti-Sai group. It is very strange that Sanjay would express the view that a known terrorist had some kind of remote connection with Anti-Sai Activists. Does Sanjay know something we don’t? The terrorist whose death I expressed gratitude about was Gulam Yazdani. This is the same person whose death Sanjay said I wished upon “anyone with the remotest connection to former devotees”. Gee, I didn’t know Yadzani had a “remote connection” with Ex-Devotees.

Let me be perfectly clear about my opinion regarding terrorists who slaughter, rape, torture, persecute and terrorize innocent people without remorse, conscience or regard for human life: In my opinion, anyone (whether they be separatists, rebels, freedom fighters, liberators, revolutionaries, guerrillas, vigilantes, militants, mujaheddins, jihadis or fedayeens) who terrorize innocent people should be stopped by any and all means necessary, including being killed. I am not embarrassed or afraid to voice this opinion and I seriously doubt that there are many people who would disagree with me.

Apparently, Sanjay disagrees with me and actually sympathizes with terrorists and feels that terrorist’s lives are worth saving, even at the cost of jeopardizing many innocent lives to obtain theirs. Sanjay needs to get a grip on reality and awaken from his looney-tune world in which he thinks He-Man will save the day. Sanjay envisions the war against terrorism as an invasion where forces counter terrorist’s guns, bombs and rockets with pepper spray and paddles.

All of this is not surprising to me in the least. In my opinion, Sanjay is a budding terrorist in his own right. Not only did Sanjay Rejoice When A Sai Baba Temple Was Bombed, he also said he was “so happy” that it happened! What kind of person rejoices when terrorists plant bombs that kill and injure innocent people? What kind of person sympathizes with terrorists and criticizes others when they express gratitude that a vicious terrorist was stopped? I’ll tell you what kind of person: A sicko. A sicko who: has Satanic inclinations, fantasizes about cutting himself with razors and licking the barrel of a gun before blowing his brains out, admits he has deeply rooted psychological problems, wages his own Holy War, has a Jesus sex fetish, has a kinky and deviant boot fetish, admits he is full of poison and bitterness and is a chronic pathological liar.

Sanjay also provided a fake screencapture to my blog. His screencapture did not come from my blog. The screencapture does not have the color theme to my blog and it shows a full URL when full URLs are not displayed on my blog. Sanjay is using proxy servers to view my blog because he is afraid that I might trace more of his deviant online behavior, like I did with his former Killuminati Blog and StreetBitches Blog. Sanjay has much to hide and with good reason.