Reports on Doctors Visit to
Parthi. Prasanthi – Prema Provided Profusely
Om Sri Sai Ram
I saw it with my very own eyes: the
transition from doubt to certainty; from disbelief to belief; from
“is it?” to “it is”…….the journey- from I to We; from darkness to
Swami told us that “Love” is
His property; and right from the word GO, He made sure to give us
liberal helpings of this oh-so-sumptuous food for the soul.
I remember clearly, the day we were to leave Mumbai: the rains
came lashing down. The traffic jams, the dripping clothes, the
racing winds, the inverted umbrellas, the worrying minds….when
will we ever reach the station?was the question in every mind.
But as His will would have it, we were not only all safely inside
the train, but we also managed to secure the extra tickets for the
doctors who had suddenly decided to chip-in at the last minute.
(That too at a negligible fine, due to the cooperation of who
else but the Ticket Checker himself!!)
The journey itself was a breeze, and
the bhajans sung, the experiences shared: only geared us up for
the big thing that was in store for us. And in Swami’s unique
style, the reflection, resound and reaction occurred in
succession: first Smiles materialized, then Laughter
vibrated, and finally, Joy radiated. We reached
Dharmavaram station to the loving welcome from the heavens
themselves- in the form of a delicate drizzle.
The room-keys were allotted
immediately on our arrival to the station, and without any delay,
we were consigned to the buses that would carry us through the
last few kilometers that separated us from our destination:
Prasanthi Nilayam- the abode of supreme peace. Come Parthi, and we
were struck by the peace of humanity amidst the ceaseless
chirpings of nature. The Maharashtra state president of the
organization, Mr. Nimish Pandya was waiting to welcome us.
Shortly, we were given- instructions regarding the rules of the
ashram, the time- table of the programme scheduled for us, and the
expected time for reporting on the coming morning. And, needless
to say, everyone was there on the dot. Thus began the sweet joy of
watchful expectation: of experiencing Swami in His radiant form.
And the sight of Swami moved us all
entirely. His infectious, loving smile permeated our souls. His
gentle, innocent enquiries about us, filled us with a feeling of
overwhelming gratitude- miniscule as we found ourselves in His
Divine Presence. He, in His abundant, infinite Grace, urged us to
visit the hospital and promised to meet us in person, later.
The hospital was a marvel:
technologically, structurally, medically and ideologically. Most
patients were bound to feel better by merely being there,
in those heavenly surroundings. As doctors, we were at once
attracted to the concept of working in such surroundings, with
qualitatively the best instruments- being put to their optimum,
rightful use. Many doctors expressed their wish to be able to
offer their services there.
And after being pampered with a
delicious lunch, we headed back to the Mandir, awaiting His
Darshan-once again. Here, it is worth stressing that the ladies of
the group were strategically seated in the Darshan area and the
gentlemen too were seated in the most coveted and enviable
position: the verandah itself! We were blessed indeed! It was only
after a seemingly long, disappointing and expectant wait for the
much- desired interview, that we got an inner- view which said
that God alone knows What we deserve; and When!
That night, everyone prayed for His
Grace. The night reverberated with the miraculous incidents, which
we had heard that evening from Mr. Pandya. And, miraculously, the
next day, our prayers were answered. Swami granted us the much-
awaited interview. Love overflowed from His every word. He guided
us on our spiritual queries, He blessed us with Prasadam, He
presented some doctors with ornamental gifts, He stressed the
futility of excessive desires, He demonstrated how we must conduct
ourselves with our patients, how desires were to be controlled,
how we needed to win over our patients’ confidence……. all in all,
a completely power-packed hour and a quarter. We felt thoroughly
enriched and refreshed. The biggest gift that we took back with
ourselves, was our ‘self’.
Next, was our visit to one of the
most modern and magnificent museums that we may have ever seen:
The Chaitanya Jyoti. Some breath- taking shows, models and videos
later, we were back in His Divine Presence; and so merciful is our
Sai, that He ordered that the gates of the other museum to be
specially opened for us, as we had not been able to see it
earlier. That evening, the organizers had arranged for a special
guest lecture by Prof. Anil Kumar. Needless to say, it was an
enthralling experience in itself.
The next morning, after the morning
Darshan, and with Swami’s blessings, we proceeded to Whitefield,
Bangalore. The Super- Speciality Hospital. The grandeur, the
magnificence, the beauty, the architecture, the organization, the
facilities, the cleanliness- these gave us the impression of being
in a palace, nay, in heaven! A feat, that is humanly impossible,
where only Divinity reflected in its every aspect.
Traveling back to Mumbai, we were in
a trance. We still are. The experience that this was, it has been
permanently etched in our memory. We are the blessed ones.
Oh Lord, bless us that we may be
able to work, as You would like us to. Forever in Your service.
Jai Sai Ram.
Lovingly Shared by Mahesh Goklani.
Posted on Monday, 2nd December,
2002, Time: 13:14:52 +0530