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Experiences by Devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba

  Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah

From: Ramu

When I read what Jatindar Shad had written, yes, I recall this incident: A decade ago when I was in Prasanthi Nilayam the regular 7am darshan was over and most of the crowd had left for breakfast. I forgone breakfast and moved forward and squatted at a "forward position". A foreigner was sitting by my side. I closed and my eyes and prayed Swami "Swami please come out and give darshan", "Swami come close and give darshan", "Swami come to where I am sitting and give darshan" etc......

Suddenly at 8.15 or so I saw Swami walking straight to where I was sitting and stood two feet away. He spoke in Telugu and English looking at me and another guy (whom later someone identified as Swami's relative) and the foreigner: The conversation went on like this.

Swami: Looking at the foreigner,"when are you going back"?
Foreigner: "Very shortly Swami (mentioned some date). But will be back for Swami's B'day.

Swami: "Coming back, why, waste of money. Where is the money for you?"
Foreigner: "Bhagawan will give me the money"

Swami: (looking at his relative guy) All smiles. " Veedu na kosam Bangalore nunchi naduchikoni vochadu" (He came all the way from Bangalore by walk for my sake).
Foreigner: "It is Bhagawan's blessings"

Swami: What is your mantra?
Foreigner: "Om Sri Satya Sai Babayanamah: I repeated this and walked all the way"

Swami: "Choodu, look at his devotion. Mana Indians unnaru. Antha part time devotion Veedni choosi nerchukovali "(Look at his devotion. Our Indians' devotion is parttime devotion. They should learn from him)
Foreigner: Swami padanamaskar.

Swami: "Take" (signalled for padanamaskar")
Foreigner fell at Swami's feet and embraced the same holding tightly. Swami blessed him and told him: "interveiw evening" and walked back.

I was wondering how Swami will remember. Evening darshan crowd was jumbled. New seats and new crowd and full. Swami called this guy and his group which was sitting somewhere behind for an interview.

At that time I felt it was Swami's message to me was to be a full time devotee that the mantra is "Om Sri Satya Sai babaya namah:" And the message too is: full surrender and devotion.

Thanks Jatinder saab for mentioning this which took me back in time. Love to all. Sairam.

From: Jatindar Shad

Dear Devotees,

I stand by what Madhvi Sai has written. But would like to add, that of all the names of the Lord, any one that appeals you the most should be selected and that should become the mantra to be repeated with every breath.

Almost a decade ago, at Prasanthi Swami was giving a discourse, there he was describing some foriegn group who had walked all the way from Bangalore. Swami said that they selected one name from the namavali (108 names) and selected the first name - "Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah" - and they kept repeating it with every step every breath - Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah - Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah - Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah. They way Swami said this - it stirred my heart as if Swami was directly giving me a mantra. So Be It. I have always constantly remembered to repeat this mantra - whenever I am not otherwise occupied - in any work. This is my silent mantra - I do not move the tongue but the mantra goes on. And it is so pleasing when I go to sleep uttering this mantra and I wake up, in the morning, to become aware that I am still repeating the same mantra.

So while you repeat the 108 names daily or weekly or whenever your heart wants - just pick one that is always there with you - for me it is Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah.

Sai Ram - Be Happy


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