SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA
(Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan
The Call Comes Through
It was the year of Swami's 70th Birthday
celebrations. All over the
world, Sai volunteers were engaged in various activities connected
with the celebrations. I was also assigned with some important
Due to some misunderstanding with the higher ups in the state
organization, all the works allotted to me were withdrawn. I was
to feel that I was not wanted. I felt very sad. No activity
connected with Sai Seva was given to me. When all other devotees
volunteers were involved in such holy activities, I was idle. This
caused mental depression. I was worried about myself.
Then the call came through. A friend of mine from Delhi, also a
devotee of Swami, informed me that he would be going to Shiridi
requested me to join him. I felt very happy when I heard this. We
in a mid way station and traveled together to Shiridi. Two days of
Darshan at the Samadhi relieved my depression very much, and I
very normal, knowing fully well that I was with Swami, though in a
On the third day, we were to leave Shiridi shortly after lunch.
my friends were packing, I went to Mandir, for a 'farewell'
sat in a corner and prayed to Swami. I was asking Him within me,
whether I was still with Him. "Am I with you, Swami?" was my
question. After praying for about ten minutes there, I was passing
the side of the Samadhi to offer my Pranams. Just then, a khaki
security staff confronted me to inform that I was wanted by his
officer. I followed him and found myself inside a large room just
behind the Samadhi Mandir. Bundles of currency notes had been
in all possible places; on various tables, Almirahs, book shelves
I was taken aback. I was wondering, why I had been brought there.
gentleman who introduced himself as the secretary of the Shiridi
Samasthan, told me that they had opened up various 'Hundies' that
and had collected all the money offerings made by devotees. They
supposed to take into account all the collections in the presence
devotee citizen. They requested me to sign the cash registers as a
witness. They explained to me, the register entries of various
currency denominations in a statement form in the cashbook. I
willingly signed at the appropriate place. I was also requested to
write down my residential address and telephone number below the
signature, which was complied with, by me. The Secretary, there
stood up, read out my name, and address to the other members of
Trust, and they also noted down my details in their registers.
I was all the time, thanking Swami for the immediate response He
to my query whether I was with Him. Swami by Divine Will had my
and address entered in the Samasthan (Trust) registers, thereby
implying that I was very much with Him. He confirmed that I am
close devotee, whatever be my relationship with the organization.
left Shiridi with this assurance and the miraculous divine
Very soon after my Shiridi pilgrimage, I received a telephone call
from my son, Ramesh (my second son) who was studying in Swami's
college at Prashanthi Nilayam. He told me that he was blessed by
Swami with an interview. Swami in His infinite mercy and love
Ramesh nearer to Him and had allowed him to take Paada Namaskar.
Swami they materialized a ring studded with 3 diamonds, and
the same into his right hand finger. He also explained to me in
of his wonderful experiences in the interview room.
I could not resist my eagerness to visit Prashanthi Nilayam, and
the Divine gift for myself. Very soon, I proceeded on yet another
pilgrimage to Swami. I had to go alone, since my wife was away
Madras, where I am settled for the last two decades. I reached
on 29-9-1995 evening after Darshan was over. Swami was giving
interviews to a group of selected devotees. The next day i.e. on
30th was a memorable day. Swami directed me to go the interview
I had no words to express my feelings at that moment. Though I had
several chances of group interviews, Swami had provided a golden
opportunity of personal interview for the first time.
There were in all about 18 persons selected for the interview that
day. A group of devotees from Croatia and members of a rich
family who had settled in overseas country, were also blessed by
by selecting them for interview that day. Swami ushered all of us
the interview room. Immediately Swami enquired me whether I had
the ring He had given to my son Ramesh. I replied, "Yes, Swami".
called the boy nearer to Him and asked him to remove the ring from
finger, and give it back to Him. Bhagavan showed the ring to all
present inside the room and asked how many diamonds were there in
ring. Everybody replied that there were 3 diamonds. Swami then
the ring nearer His mouth and blew it. When Swami showed it to us
again, all the 3 small diamonds had vanished and a large single
diamond was found in the ring. He told my son that the 3 diamonds
merged in one. "Likewise, Swami, you and your father are all of
entity; and should not be differentiated. All of us are embodiment
a single atmic principle".
Swami then invited the devotees group-wise into the inner room for
personal interview. Our turn came up last. My son and myself were
alone with Swami. Swami asked me what was my problem in Madras. I
not give any reply but kept my head on His lap. Swami patted me
told my son that I had been visiting Him for the last 30 years or
more. He also revealed that I had come to Him with lot of mental
tension and worries. He did not want me to be sad, having done lot
Sai Seva. That is why He had bestowed me this unique chance of
under His feet and have an interview.
Swami told us about the rich family said that though they were
rich, there were problems aplenty for them too. The entire family
very unhappy due to the loss of their only son. The girl, though
alive, was now spastic and living like vegetable in a wheel chair
no faculty functioning. She is unaware of her own existence. I
that since they had come and surrendered to Swami, won't Swami be
enough to do something for them. Swami in His infinite mercy made
clear to us, that people doing wrong to others, would have to face
cause and effect of their action and there would no way of
from 'karma'. He further said that, however, God can and would
interfere and make things easier, provided we repented for our
misdeeds and commit ourselves to make sacrifices which would
the poor and needy persons. The rich people who can afford, can
the needy, by providing charitable hospitals for providing free
treatment, schools for providing free education and so on. But God
would not directly suggest these remedies. It would be for those
afflicted by the karmic backlash, to think back, and realize by
themselves. "This is the self realization that I would expect from
them. They should sincerely repent and take corrective actions by
deeds of charities which alone would please Him, and which would
HIM to help them out from the severity of the Karmic effects".
As Swami was explaining the karmic theory, I could almost feel the
agony of our Lord, when He stated that He is unable to help out a
devotee whom He loves so much, in doing away with the karmic
Swami further said that even if we take small step, say by way of
charities, it will be like making a small opening on a closed
and then Swami Himself will push open the door fully, and come to
rescue of the devotee. But, if we do not make any effort to make
such a small opening, what else can He do only other than giving
solace and consolation.
During the hour-long interview, Swami gave us lot of advice to me
to my son and discussed various family matters.
"You are wearing a clean white pant, and to keep it unsoiled, you
spread a towel or some sheets on the floor for sitting in Darshan
lines. Don't you feel that God deserves a better place to sit",
Swami. He further said that the seat for the Lord is in our hearts
it is essential to keep it pure and unsullied, so that He can
therein. "We call God as "HRUDAYA NIVASI (INDWELLER OF HEARTS),
He who resides in the heart. 'Heart is combination of two words in
Sanskrit. "HRUD+DAYA" It means "The source from where pure Daya or
compassion emanate" One who has no compassion, is often called, a
without a heart. And in such a place, how do you expect Swami to
Swami asked us, "Whom do you love most? All the relatives in the
are bound to depart from this world one day or other and the love
towards them is also a passing phase. Before we marry, there is no
wife and until we beget child or children, there is no father or
mother. All the relationships got evolved one day or pother during
this lifetime and your love with such persons are also developed
through attachment and selfish desires. This love is not
However, one should remember that God is with you through and
your past births as well as in this birth and the forthcoming
too. Therefore, if you love God without any condition, it will be
and selfless love. We should develop constant faith and love
God who alone is eternal."
Swami was giving us lots of such advices and in the end He
to come again with my wife on 4-11-1995 when I was to step into my
sixtieth year of existence by His Grace. It was another blissful
when further grace of Sai was showered on us with yet another
interview on that auspicious occasion.
Author's statement in:
Many of you may
be aware that I had authored a book with the title "Sri Sathya Sai
Hrudaya Nivasi (Indweller of Hearts). This book had seen the third
reprint, and is being sold in Bhagavan's Bookstall at Prashanthi
Nilayam. Many of you would have purchased and many would not have
got chance to go to Parthi and get the book. After the third
edition, this may not go to print again. As such I wish to bring
the contents of this book to each and every one of you.
Starting from today I shall post one chapter every week or if
possible twice a week, depending upon the response I get from you
all. I would request you to kindly read it and then re-circulate
it to your other friends in the Sai Family.
The text could be transferred to your hard disk, and if possible
print outs taken out.
Utilize the contents, as much as you like.
With Lots of Love and regards