SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA
(Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan
He calls us again
The month of November is always a memorable
one in Sai Calendar.
November 1995, was however, uniquely memorable for me at
Nilayam. And it would ever remain green in my heart. Yes, it would
remain a life time experience for me resulting from flood of Grace
showered on me by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Swami was very much busy with the ongoing water supply project.
Sathya Sai water supply p[project, catering to the entire
District was in progress. Swami had willed that the project should
inaugurated during Bhagavan's seventieth Birthday celebrations. A
world conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations was also
planned for around 10 days, during the Divine birthday
including the Sathya Sai University convocation. Very high
including the President of India, the Prime Minster and scores of
state ministers were listed to participate.
The November functions started with a 24-hour Akhanda Bhajan on
4th. Swami had commanded me, during the earlier interview that I
should come to Him with my wife on that day. On this auspicious
I would have completed 59 years of existence and then stepping
60th year. I had submitted, "Swami, will you not be very busy
these hectic November days". Swami replied with a benign smile
Swami has always got time for His devotees.
Well before the rise of the sun for the day, 4th November 1995, I
took up my seat in the Darshan line with 'AKSHTHA" (rice colored
turmeric powder). Sai Kulwant was filled to capacity and devotees
were overflowing into the outer spaces as well. Everybody's look
towards Swami, hoping for His blessings or His "ABHAYA HASTHA", or
His "KRIPA KADAKSHAM" , even from a long distance. That would,
a fulfillment of Darshan, even if it is from a long distance. They
return home after a few days of stay at Prashanthi Nilayam. As for
me, I was praying and hoping that I would be blessed with Paada
and if lucky Swami's benediction by way of sprinkling of the
on my head. It was too much to expect anything more than such a
from our Lord under the circumstance. In such a magnitude of crowd
devotees, what else could I aspire!
The melodious light music over the system signaled the sweet
appearance of Swami from the Poornachandra Auditorium. As Swami
entered the Mantap, all our attention was focused on and traveled
along with Swami and we became even oblivious of the music. Swami
moving along the ladies side. The Mantap was enveloped in pin drop
silence. We were feasting our eyes, on His divine, movement,
accepting letters from some, allowing Paada Namaskar for some who
to His Paada (Divine Feet), and blessing all others with Abhaya
Hastha. Swami looked like floating through the middle of the
As He was passing along, at a short distance from me, I was trying
catch a glimpse of Swami's Divine Lotus Feet. But alas, the long
flowing robe, came in between His Lotus Feet and my vision. With
intense prayers, I continued to wait for a glimpse. There they
Swami's Lotus Feet came to my vision, as Swami took a couple brisk
steps. And in no time, Swami was standing in front of me with
smile. I lost all consciousness and I was simply staring at Swami
with tears in my eyes. Swami spoke; He asked me who else had come
I spurred to my senses and suddenly held out before Him the cup
containing Akshatha and took Namaskar at His Lotus Feet. Swami
sprinkled the Akshatha on me. When I got up, Swami again asked,
else had come? I replied, "Swami, only my wife" Swami commanded me
This signal from Swami, directing us to go inside, signifies His
Grace earned by us through our previous good deeds and karmas.
himself confirmed later during the interview. A coveted interview
with Bhagavan is a lifetime desire of every Sai devotees, and I am
exception to this longing. I moved on to the verandah of the
and took up my place. I could see my wife from the ladies side,
moving towards Mandir. My second son, S. Ramesh who was a student
Swami's college doing his B.Sc. final year, joined us in the
Swami was still among the devotees, blessing them with His
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