SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA
(Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan
I was there with you
the devotees from Australia had returned to take their seats in
the front room, Swami directed us to go into the inner interview
room. My wife, my son, and myself were standing inside the room as
Swami entered and occupied His chair. He asked us to sit down. I
took my seat by the side of Swami on the right side and my wife on
the left side. My son knelt down in front of Swami. We did not
miss this opportunity to offer Paada Seva. Swami looked at us
lovingly and kindly. He started giving lot of advice to my son.
discussed various matters concerning my family and my business.
Suddenly Bhagavan looked at my wife and asker her, “Did you not
pray to me one day, in front of my picture in your house, asking,
“will not Swami gave such a necklace to me also?” She said, “Yes
Swami, but it was many years back, and I had even forgotten this”.
Swami continued, and told her that she had recently visited a
jewelry shop and enquired about the price for a similar chair. “You
were short of funds and could not purchase it, is it not so?”
She admitted and started weeping at His Lotus Feet. Now Swami
asked her, very tenderly “Am I with you or not”.
She did not need any further proof of His being with us all the
time. Pointing me to her, Swami said, “At time, this man
gets angry and shouts at you. But he is having problems and mainly
financial problems in his business. What about you? You are also
quarrelling and raising your voice. Do you know that I have to
close both my ears whenever you both start quarreling in your
house? You should know that Swami is always with you and you
should behave as such!”
put us back at ease, with further conversations cutting lot of
jokes and teasing my son. I finally told Swami, that I was tired
both mentally and physically and would like to wind up my business
and spend the rest of my life at His Lotus Feet. After
experiencing the Divine Love and Grace, I did not feel like going
back to the mundane world. Swami did not give me permission. He
lovingly told me that one should engage himself in his work till
he is physically fit ad that he would definitely call me to His
presence later on. He said that I should go through all
‘Prarabdhas’ (karmic duties) or otherwise its effect would
follow me here too and that I will not be happy here also. “Let
your son complete his studies, involve him into your profession,
get him married and hand over the house to him and then you can
come to me.”
taking Paada Namaskarams, we got back to the outer room. Swami
called out, ‘Hey! Thailand!” The queen got up, walked reverently
inside as on the previous occasion. After making every body happy,
Swami came to the outer room and resumed His seat. Swami got up
again and asked to wait. He went into His private room and came
back with further gifts. He presented a lovely wedding sari of
costly silk to my wife and presented me with a set of clothes for
safari suit. He went inside again, came with a Polythene bag, and
held it to my wife, asking her to put the clothes inside the bag.
It was really an experience that Swami looks into every minutest
aspects all by Himself. We did not feel like going out. But Swami
filled our hands with lots of Vibhuthi pockets and opened the door
signaling that we should move out. With tears in our eyes we took
leave of /Swami and joined the devotees sitting outside.
it was morning Bhajan time and we joined the group singing. There
were surprises for us. In the evening, the 24 hour long Akhanda
Bhajan were to start at the Mandir from 6 P.M. onwards and to go
on till 6 P.M. the next day. Immediately after Arathi, there was
an announcement over the public address system. It was announced
that there would be a devotional music programme in the evening at
Poornachandra Auditorium by the famous cine play back singer, Ms.
Chitra & Party. Normally there will not be any such cultural
programmes during the Akhanda Bhajan day. Anyway, Swami had willed
it that way. Whatever may be the reason or it might be just a
coincidence that a cultural programme was scheduled on that day;
it appeared to me, that it was an added gift programme by Swami
for my 60th birthday wedding.
Swami decides to give Ananda (bliss) to somebody, He does it in a
grand manner and showers His Grace abundantly, and then He will
ask us what else we want. If and when such questions do come from
Him, I feel, we should not ask for anything or crave for
something. We should pray to Him that we want Him only. Swami had
once told a devotee what one should ask Swami in time of a crisis.
The advice of Swami on this question will come up in another
chapter elsewhere in the book.
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