‘Divine Lessons From Sathya Sai Baba’ by Diana Baskin

‘Divine Lessons From Sathya Sai Baba’ by Diana Baskin

Divine Lessons From Sathya Sai Baba

Divine Lessons From Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “It is not a question of surrendering or giving to some other one. One surrenders to oneself. Recognition that the Atma is oneself is to surrender. Surrender really means the realization that all is God, that there is nobody who surrenders, that there is nothing to be surrendered, nor is there anyone to accept the surrender. All is God. There is only God.”

‘Divine Lessons From Sathya Sai Baba’, by Diana Baskin, Quotations from talks, interviews and discourses by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust, Prashanti Nilayam, First Edition 2009. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

Yaani Drucker – An Amazing Story Of Fear And The Triumph Of Love

Yaani Drucker – An Amazing Story Of Fear And The Triumph Of Love

A Yaani Drucker Story

A Yaani Drucker Story


The following account by Yaani Drucker is an amazing story about how a brutal, fearful and violent attack took an unexpected “quantum leap” into self-healing, love and compassion through the transformative power & inspiration of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

What Is Real And What Is Unreal?

From the unreal, lead me to the real
From darkness, lead me to the light
From death lead me to Immortality

(Talk presented by Yaani Drucker at the United Kingdom Sai Baba retreat, April, 2000, followed by excerpts from Al Drucker’s talk on the same subject)

I would like to share a story with you that is not real, that never happened, and that had no effect on truth. It did however serve me deeply as a wake-up call, as a classroom for discerning that which is real and eternal from that which is unreal and has no power over me. It revealed to me the truth of who I really am.

Fourteen years ago, I had a most intense experience, first incredibly brutal, and now seen as a true spiritual turning point. Up to that moment I had been Sai Baba’s ardent devotee living a simple life as a Montessori teacher, residing by myself, spending 6 months out of every year in India with Baba. Life was beautiful.Then one night everything changed. It was Mahashivaratri in India, the holiest day of the year. I was staying in a Sai Baba center in California. We were scheduled to celebrate with an all-night bhajan the following evening. I was fast asleep in a room adjoining the bhajan hall. It was 3:00 am. It could not have been a more auspicious time or setting.

Suddenly I am jolted into awakening by a threatening voice ordering, “Scream and I’ll kill you.” I feel a knife at my throat, and see a massive menacing figure looming over me. Still groggy I instinctively scream, and to shut me up he pummels me in the face with his fist. I am drenched in blood. He gags me and ties me up and rips my bedclothes off me. In total terror I cry out to Baba to come and save me. Somehow, in my heart of hearts I fully expect Baba to physically appear and dispel this horrendous nightmare that has suddenly overtaken me. Baba did not come. And yet he did. Even while I was being raped, within me all fear and horror of the situation had left. Quite inexplicably I became very calm and to my astonishment discovered an incredible compassion welling up in my heart.

As he was leaving, I managed a muffled, “God bless you.” He hissed back, “God hates me!” and disappeared into the night. I struggled to untie myself and went to get help. The police were called and the man was caught. He had a long criminal history; he had been in and out of jail. And yet, this time something had changed for him. From his jail cell he made a considerable effort to get a message to me. And that message was, “I feel bad about what I did. I’m real sorry I hurt you. Please pray for me.” So, even in that horrible scene God was present and even the rapist was affected. To my surprise, I could muster no anger toward the man. I found myself focusing not on my personal trauma but on the tragedy of the human condition that could lead to such a desperate state.

Although my body was badly beaten and bruised I remember absolutely no pain. Yet, it was not like I wasn’t traumatized or bewildered. I remember walking outside in the night and feeling afraid that somebody might be lurking behind a bush. When anyone entered my room I was startled and jittery, feelings that were completely uncharacteristic for me. In my being I felt tainted and my familiar sense of security, knowing that I was always in the protective hands of the divine, had been badly shaken. My confusion centered entirely on Sai Baba. In my mind, Baba, in whom I had put complete trust and whom I regarded as my savior, had not helped me, though I had desperately called out to him. Why hadn’t he? I kept praying to Baba, imploring him, “Why did you let this happen to me? Please help me to understand.” As I was praying thus, I distinctly heard Sai Baba’s voice gently asking, “What happened to you?” “I was raped, brutalized, robbed, and my very life was threatened” came my response, “and I called out to you, but you did not come!” Again Baba asked, ever so tenderly, “What happened to you?”

Suddenly, I understood. Nothing had happened to me. I remembered one of my favorite passages in the Bhagavad Gita where Krishna taught Arjuna, “You are not this perishable body. You cannot be destroyed by weapons, you cannot be incinerated by fire, you cannot be drowned by water, you cannot be blown away by the raging tempest. You are the indestructible, eternal Atma, the one Self.” Suddenly this mystical pronouncement of Lord Krishna was no longer a conceptual thought but a direct experience for me. My bewilderment, my fears and feelings of abandonment all dissolved in the light of that incredible realization.

Far from failing me and abandoning me, Baba revealed to me the truth of who I am, the immortal Self, and there is nothing in the whole universe that can ever threaten me. I knew myself to be invulnerable, indestructible, eternal. I exploded in joy and exhilaration. What a surprising outcome for such an intense and fearful happening! It turned out to be the quantum leap into the discovery of who I truly am. I am so very grateful. Thank you God!

Reference

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “There is no short cut to any laudable achievement. Steady struggle alone can ensure victory. Things that are gained with little or no effort are not worth exulting over. The process of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dhyana and dharana (control of the inner and outer senses, regulation of pose and breath, withdrawal into the inner consciousness, meditation and concentration) is difficult; but the final stage is Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the condition of perfect undisturbed equanimity. Whereas the pursuit of material pleasures will be ‘agre amritopamam pariname visham’ (like nectar at first but poison in the end). The pursuit of equanimity will be ‘agre visham pariname amritopamam’ (like poison at first but nectar in the end).”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “Just as the sugar cane does not yield sweet juice unless it is crushed, just as sandal wood does not give the fragrant paste unless it is grinded on a stone; the goodness of people does not come out unless they go through difficulties. From ashanti you get prashanti. From prashanti you get prakanthi. And from prakanti you get paranjoti. It is like the alternating of night and day; this recurring of joy and grief. Welcome disappointment, for it toughens you and tests your fortitude. The ills draw you nearer to God, making you call on Him always when you are in difficulty. Love God though tribulations may be your lot. Love Him though you are refused and rebuked; for it is only in the crucible of travail that the metal is purified and cleansed of blemish. The saints Jayadeva, Tukaram, Kabir, Gouranga, Ramakrishna, Ramadas, all had to go through travail and tragedy so that they could see God and merge in Him. They have won permanent niches in the temple of human memory. Ridicule and contempt must be met with joyous unconcern. Even Avathars are not free from such feeble tactics from small men.”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

Aum Sai Ram

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Aum Sai Ram

Sri Satya Sai Baba has been benevolent enough to visit Delhi-NCR (April 9th-14th).

Satya Sai Baba has a following of billions of devotees all across the world who have been enthralled by his divine visit and also vastra-daan and narayan seva was done for general public queuing up in thousands at the Satya Sai International Centre in Delhi.

Ahimsa may be central to our world view yet how many of us follow it?

Similarly we are a secular country and as such each one of us is entitled to their choice of God and belief.

In an age when Durga and Kali are worshipped as symbols of profundity, erudition and might in the world’s largest democracy, it is indeed disheartening to see the feelings of devotees hurt many a time by disturbing articles written by non-believers.

The crazy thronging of people queuing up for Sathya Sai Baba’s darshan was indeed a sight to watch! For those who called him Human, isn’t it ironic, the kind of work he has done from building universities to hospitals to providing water to billions of people?

I question the world that has forever questioned Satya Sai devotees! How many times must the divine prove themselves? In the words of Bob Dylan, “The answer my friend is blowing in the wind! How many times must a man turn his head; and pretend that he just doesn’t see!”

Times Of India Reference

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “The One is shining in and through the many, the One is the many. ‘Ekoham bahusyam’, the One decided to become the many to enjoy its own manifoldness. The One appears as all this diversity. That is the Truth. The insistence of the fundamental unity of all creation is the special feature of Indian thought. Do not be satisfied with paltry scraps of information. Seek the Knower behind the knowing process. That is the real victory”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “Man must proceed ever towards ‘balam’, strength; he should not take to untruth, wickedness crookedness – all of which denote a fundamental fatal trait of cowardice, ‘balaheenam’. Balaheenam is born of accepting as true a lower image of yourself than what the fact warrants. You believe you are the husk (the body) but really you are the kernal (the atma). That is the main mistake. All sadhana must be directed to the removal of the husk and the revelation of the kernal. So long as you say and feel ‘I am the body’ there is bound to be fear. But once you say and feel ‘I am Brahman’, you get unconquerable strength.”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

‘Sadhana The Inward Path’ – Quotes From Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sadhana - The Inward Path

Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “Do not give ear to what others say. Believe your experience. Whatever gives you peace and joy, Atmanandam, believe in that. That is the real basis for faith. Why should you go about asking all and sundry whether something is salty or sweet? Is it not foolish to wander about consulting people about this? Put a little on your own tongue; that will settle the matter. What you are now doing is rejecting as salty what your own experience proved to be sweet simply because someone else who has not tasted it like you proclaims it to be salty or because someone who is down with fever finds the thing bitter.”

Sadhana ~ The Inward Path Quotations from the divine discourses of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Sri Sathya Sai Education and Publication Foundation, Bombay, Revised Edition 1978. Visit the Sathya Sai Organisation Website.

Jai Srimati Bagalamukhi Mahavidya Devi

Jai Srimati Bagalamukhi Mahavidya Devi
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Mahavidya Bagalamukhi Devi

Mahavidya Bagalamukhi Devi


Bagala or Bagalamukhi is the eighth Mahavidya in the famous series of the 10 Mahavidyas. She is identified with the second night of courage and is the Power or Shakti of triumph and victory.

Bagalamukhi is described as the Devi with three eyes, of golden complexion, wearing yellow clothes and self-effulgent gems, wearing the Moon as her diadem, wearing champaka blossoms, with one hand holding the tongue of an enemy and with the left hand spiking him. Visualizing her thus, one should meditate on the Paralyzer of the Three Worlds, Srimati Bagalamukhi Devi.

Bagalamukhi can be considered as a terrible or Bhairavi form of Matrika Devi, the mother of all speech. According to Todala Tantra, her male consort is Maharudra, whose one face dissolves the Universe.

The Bagalamukhi Mantra as per Mantra Mahodadhi:

Om Hleem Sarva Dusthaanaam Vaacham Mukham Paadam stambhaya jihvyamkilaya buddhim vinaashaya Hleem Om Swaha

The Bagalamukhi Gayatri:

Om Bagalambayai Vidmahe
Brahmasthra Vidyayai Deemahi
Thannah Stambini Praochandhayat

Bhagavati Bagalamukhi is the great samstambhini (immobilizing or arresting) vidya who keeps the three worlds and the planetary systems locked in their orbits. In the first stage of cosmic cycle (krita yuga), a great disaster arose in the form of vata-kshobha that threatened to destroy the creation. Lord Shriman Narayana, the protector, invoked the Supreme deity Maha Tripurasundari through a specific prayoga named Gheranda-Yoga. Due to this prayoga, Shri Vidya Parameshvari manifested as the great vidya named Bagalamukhi, combining in her the tejas of both Para Shakti and Maha Vishnu (Shakta and Vaishnava). This is the reason for frequent reference to Bagala as Shri Vidya in some tantras and in the Sahasranama of the Goddess as she is the Saishnava manifestation of Shri Vidya, invoked for the specific purpose of stambhana.

There are innumerable worldly uses of this Mahavidya but the greatest benefit the upasaka attains through this Mahavidya is freedom from avidya. In the current age of Kali Yuga when most mantras fail to grant fruits, this Mahavidya continues to grant boons to the sincere upasaka and hence is referred to as siddha-vidya by the Tantras. This Mahavidya is of special significance in the case of rajya bhiyoga. For the mumukshus, this great vidya is of equal importance due to her unparalleled capacity in arresting, sublimating and dissolving vices such as kama and krodha.

In her first hand, Bagalamukhi sports a gada which represents the manifested speech. She sports vajra in her other hand which represents the great destructive or assaultive power of speech. Pasha, which she sports in her third hand represents qualities such as madhurya etc. exhibited by the Devi through which she entices the upasaka towards herself, gradually leading him beyond those to stillness. In her last hand, she grabs the tongue of the demon which represents durvakya or bad words. By grabbing the tongue, Bagala grants her upasaka samyama over the faculty of speech, which is the first and foremost step to conquering other sensory faculties.

Bagalamukhi Maa

Bagalamukhi Maa


References:
nirvANa sundarI Bagalamukhi Reference
Bagalamukhi Wikipedia Reference

A Miraculous Cure, Heart Surgery Cancelled!

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


A Miraculous Cure, Heart Surgery Cancelled!

Sathya Saibaba, the Master of miracles cancels an ardent devotee’s heart surgery.

An old lady from Madras once had a sharp pain in her chest. Her husband rushed to their family doctor, who in turn referred them to a heart surgeon. The lady was put to a through test. To the shock of her husband and her, the doctor revealed that there appeared three blockages in her heart. The doctor also suggested that an immediate heart operation has to be done. The lady however refused to undergo the operation without the consent of the Lord of her heart, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. She also ignored the medicines prescribed for the pain.

The Lord is the only succor for a lost heart. That night, the lady had a wonderous dream where Sathya Saibaba took a piece of paper, drew a heart and crossed it. The lady woke up with tears of ecstasy, “Baba I know not the significance of the dream, but I am aware that my heart problem has been taken care of!”

A miraculous cure just came about naturally!Can there be a dearth of miracles by Sathya Sai Baba in the devotees’ lives?

The next day, the elderly couple visited the doctor again and the lady went through the same tests, a second time. To the utter astonishment of everyone, the results simply did not show any trait of a heart ailment. The blocks were absent and hence the heart surgery was ruled out! The husband related to the doctor, the wonderful dream that his wife had the previous night. He however wanted to make sure about the medicines that she had to take for her heart condition to be stable. When the prescription was produced, the doctor just crossed it exactly the way Satya Sai Baba had done in the dream! Surging gratitude from the heart flowed down as tears on the cheeks of the devotee!

A miraculous cure just came about naturally!

Can there be a dearth of miracles by Sathya Sai Baba in the devotees’ lives?

One India Forum Reference