SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA
(Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan
Vision at Thrayambaka
There are some devotees who had experienced
much before they had come into the fold of Sai. They
came to know of this, much later on being revealed by
Swami Himself, or through by some other methods. One
of the Ashtothara Archana mantras of Bhagavan Baba
mentions as "Kaalaatheethaya Namaha". It means that 'I
worship the one who is beyond the 'Kala' i.e. time'.
He is bound by time and space; He is eternal and
omnipresent. Without our being even aware of it, for
reasons best known to Him only, He extends His Grace
to you. He is so loving and merciful and His divine
loves binds you for ever with the Divinity.
I too, had such an experience, which is unforgettable.
This happened even before I came to know of the Advent
of Sai, the second coming. Till then, I knew Sai of
Shiridi only. It was the beginning of the year 1965,
when I visited Shiridi with my wife for the first
time. I felt truly blessed and experienced peace after
worshipping at the Samadhi.
From there we proceeded to a nearby pilgrim center,
Nashik which is on the banks of river Godavari. The
other side of the bank is called "PANCHAVADI'. Our
scriptures say that Lord Sri Rama stayed here with
His consort Sita and brother Lakshmana during their
sojourn to the forest. Sri Rama had paid oblations to
His departed father King Dasaratha at the banks of
Godavari at Panchavadi.
It was from this place that Ravana had taken away
mother Sita. It is a great pilgrim center. We had holy
bath in Godavari river and visited various places of
interest near there. We were staying at Shankara Mutt.
Somebody from the Mutt informed that this Holy
Godavari River is originating from a placed called
"Thrayambaka" which was about 25 kilo meters away from
Nashik, and suggested that we should visit this Holy
place also. He explained that Adi Shankara Himself had
installed a powerful Jyothir Linga in a temple there,
and the Deity is called Lord Thrayambakeswara. It
means that it embodiment of all the three amsaas of
divinity viz., Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, in a single
piece of Lingam. We accepted his suggestion and
visited the place.
We reached Thrayambakam at the fag end of the day and
the sun was about to set. It was a small village and
there was not much crowd, only about a dozen or so
pilgrims inside the temple. We entered the sanctum of
the temple and was looking inside the place where the
deity is installed. I could find the base of the
lingam but no lingam was in the usual shape there. We
could only see a cavity. Water was continuously oozing
out of the cavity and the pundits were cleaning very
often with cloth. It was amazing that no lingam was
found, even though it was claimed that Adi Shankara
had installed it. While I was thus standing there in
utter confusion of mind, an elderly man called me from
behind. He looked very pious with tuft in his head and
wearing a neat white Dhothi like a pundit; but looked
He talked to us in Tamil, which is our language.
Initially he enquired wherefrom we had come etc. Later
on, he took interest in us and explained about the
importance of the Holy place in detail. When I
enquired where is the Holy Lingam, he told us that
there is not one but three small lingams placed in the
sides of the cavity of the base, which is not visible
from outside. The three lingams represent Brahma,
Vishnu, and Lord Shiva, exactly as was explained to us
at Panchavadi Shankara Mutt. In those primitive old
days, Adi Shankara had traveled all the way from a
remote village in Kerala to this place where Holy
River Godavari originates and installed this Jyothi
lingam. I wondered how this was possible without any
means of transport. Moreover, He has installed 8 such
lingams in various parts of India within his short
span of 32 years. We heard all these from this pious
man and in the end, we prostrated before him. He
blessed us that by next year we should come again with
a newborn child. He then moved away.
Within a few minutes, we searched for him and went up
to the nearest bus stop and he could not be seen. We
wished to have his contact address in Bombay so that
we could meet him again when we return. But he had
Here, I wish to mention one other factor. Since I
could not get accommodation in Bombay, I had left my
wife at our village in Kerala and she was forced to
stay there for over three years. Ultimately by Grace
of God we got a temporary accommodation and settled
our family in a Bombay Suburb named 'Goregoan'.
However, for the next three years we did not have the
pleasure of having a child. Due to some medical
grounds the doctors had said she might not conceive
again. This is the situation when we visited, Shiridi,
Nashik and Thrayambakam.
Shortly after our return to Bombay my wife conceived
and we got a baby boy. The boy was born at her native
place in Kerala, which had earlier been described in
detail. Soon after her arrival with the child, we went
to our Gurui, Dhyani Maharaj Sri Madhusudhan Dasji who
was in the residence of His disciple Dr. Pathak at
Prarthana Samaj. He took the child in his hands and
fondled him. While giving back the child, he mentioned
that we had got the child due to the Grace of Sai whom
we had started worshipping recently. "You need not
worry about the boy since Sai will Himself look after
the child, protect him, guide him and help him in all
his endeavour in his life". Then we knew that the
pious man whom we met at the sanctum of Thrayambakam
must be Sai Himself, whom we did not know during those
I had already enjoyed the bliss of Darshan of Bhagavan
Baba for the first time, had an extraordinary
experience. Yet, I asked a foolish question to our
Guruji. "Guruji, excuse me, but who is this Sai Baba?
Is he a magician, a saint, or what else? He is
reportedly showing lot f miracles and are they all
genuine?" Guruji admonished me and cautioned me not to
utter such words. "Sai is Poorna Avatar and you should
worship Him for all the rest of your life. In fact, it
is He who had sent you to me!" I apologized for my bad
thoughts and enquiry and prayed to Bhagavan Baba also,
to forgive me.
From that day onwards, all these years, it is only Sai
and Sai only in my life and every breath of mine also
vibrates with the name of Sai. I try to be very very
alert not to forget Him not even for a moment. He on
His part continued to look after me, guide me and hold
me close to Him ever after!
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