SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA
(Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan
The Vision of Aura
is God” is ever the repeated maxim of Swami. The God incarnate
Bhagavan Baba is Himself embodiment of: Love. If only we spend a
few minutes in His Divine presence wit intense love and prayers,
in our hearts, we can easily and positively experience the strong
divine love flowing from Him. Swami’s love envelopes everybody,
even in an assembly of over lakhs of devotees, who throng for His
Darshan. One has only to experience this bliss all by himself to
understand what Divine Love is.
Divine Love pulls multiplying millions of devotees to his very
presence. In Dwapara Yuga, it was the melody of Lord Krishna’s
flute which made the devotees of Brindavan to gravitate towards
His presence. The Gopies lost any consciousness of their body,
mind and spirit, dropped their work and other activities. They
were absorbed by the melody. How lucky we are to witness today the
reenactment of the same phenomenon by Sai Krishna at Parthi. The
devotees run to catch a glimpse of Swami even at a murmur of the
news that Swami’s car is approaching. They feel elated and truly
blessed by the chance Darshan even of a fleeting second as the car
Swami graced me with a rare chance of following His car from
Puttaparthi to Whitefield. Swami’s tour programme is always
unpredictable and un-announced. Nobody can dare to set the exact
timings of such tour programme. On that blissful day, even though
some close persons accompanying Swami received information of the
time of His departure, Swami left Parthi about one and half
earlier. I was fortunate to be provided with the experience of
following Swami’s car. I had been directed to take our place as
the fourth car in the caravan. However, since the other cars did
not show up along with Swami’s car, I made a quick decision and
followed Swami’s car as the second one, for quite a long distance
till other cars showed up. I could not really believe the
emotionally surcharged send off given by the devotees, even at
such short notice. From the Gopuram gate onwards up to and far
beyond the gate of Super Specialty Hospital, devotees had lined up
in good strength on both sides of the road. Even the devoted Sai
Geetha turned up with her majestic presence to greet Swami as the
car passed by the side of the gates of her shed. Hundreds of
devotees were showering flower petal on the car. I saw many of
them breaking coconuts on the street, in front of the car. Indeed
it looked like a real car festival in our villages when people
offer special poojas in front of the Divine Car, as it passes
through the village streets. Swami’s car was bedecked with the
petals offered by devotees.
the measure of attraction, which the Divinity drew all along the
villages and the agricultural fields had to be seen to be
believed. The villagers were out n the streets in time for the
Divine Darshan. Many agricultural laborers were seen running
towards the approaching caravan of Swami’s car and others on the
road. How did all these villagers and agricultural workers come to
know and that too the time of Swami’s moving presence in their
area! It could only be divinity-induced situation, which foretold
the people in the villages the possibility of the Divine Darshan!
nt end there. The approach road towards Whitefield from the
highways was also line up with devotees. As the Car neared the
gate of Thrayee Brindavan, I could see the crowd getting very
thick and the whole compound was filled with devotes.
had declared several times, that unless He wills it, one couldn’t
gain access to His Divine presences. It may seem that Divine
Darshan is obtained very easily whenever we go to His abode, since
Swami walks amongst us, blessing everybody. But we should also
know that we couldn’t take Swami’s Darshan for granted. Quite
often Swami may test or even tease us and Darshan may become rare
at times. We, the devotees, who happen to visit Him very often,
may sometimes feel the pinch of Swami’s testing time. I was also
subjected to such a test by agonizing experience, but only to have
a blissful reward in the end!
was the time when I was employed Bombay. I used to visit Bangalore
very often on official engagements and most of the time Swami
would be camping at Whitefield. I was feeling very very happy.
During a particular year, I traveled to Bangalore 4 times during
different months. Once we were told that there was no possibility
of Darshan since Swami was unwell??!!. Some said that there was
some injury in Swami’s Lotus feet. After staying for three days I
had to return to Bombay without even a single Darshan. During my
other visits in that year, His Darshan eluded me for one reason or
other. Either Swami was on some tour or away on some other
engagements and what not. The whole year passed of blank. I felt
very much depressed. UI could only pray and pray. I gained some
hope by an announcement about the proposed Divine visit to Bombay.
That brought cheers to me. I was looking forward for May the 12th,
when Swami normally comes to Dharmakshethra.
not the only one; the whole of Bombay was eagerly expecting the
arrival Swami. And Swami did not disappoint anybody. Mercifully He
did come as programmed and stayed on for 4 days. But alas! Swami
continued to keep me on test. I could not make it to His Darshan
during all those days. It would seem funny, but it was the truth.
My place of work, i.e. my office was situated very near to
Dharmakshethra, some three kilometers away, on the other side of
the hill. Sitting in my office chair, through the window, I could
even have from that long distance a glimpse of the Divine abode.
As ill luck would have it, I had a couple of outstation visitors
to my office as our possible prospective clients, with whom we had
to finalize some deals. Each day.
each day of the Divine visit, I was late, and by the time I
reached Dharmakshethra, the devotees would have left the place
after Darshan and my wife would be waiting for me alone over
there. What a fate, I used to curse myself. The Divine visit was
reaching the end. And it was time or Swami to leave Bombay and the
only possible chance was the early morning Darshan on the last day
immediately after Nagar Sankirtan. Swami was scheduled to leave
after this Darshan and I could not afford to miss this
those days adequate conveyance facilities were lacking and we had
to depend on public transport systems. Reaching the railway
station in Thane situated six miles from the place of our
residence, changing 2 local trains and then catching a bus
service, to join the group of devotees on their way to
Dharmakshethra singing Bhajan songs – Nagar Sankirtan. We reached
at the dawn and took positions at the lower side of the small
hill. In the twilight, the lotus shaped Dharmakshethra looked very
beautiful. Slowly Swami emerged from His abode and moved to the
brim of hilltop. There was s “Sthoopi”, the pillar as if the 5
petals on the top, are about to blossom. Underneath it, Swami
took His place. Swami was accepting Arathi, looking down at the
Literally I was weeping when my eyes could sight the Divine figure
after many attempts. Tears wee rolling down my cheeks. I dared not
to wipe it with my hands since I was holding both my palms in
reverence. At this very moment something unbelievable was
happening. A mild glow became visible to me around the crowning
hair of Swami’s head. I immediately felt that it should be the
Divine AURA about which I had heard several times. Still my mind
was not firm on the genuiness of that vision. Just behind Swami, a
glow of rising sun was appearing and I thought that it could the
bright twilight reflected on His hair. I also thought that my
moist eyes could have created an illusion.
my thoughts thus turned critical to a state of negating the very
divine experience, the Aura was found all over the body of Swami.
And when Swami kept both His hands on the grill provided on the
edge from where He was standing, the iron bars also started
glowing by the mere touch of Swami. Now I had no hesitation
whatsoever to accept the Grace of Swami by this rare vision. The
Arathi was over and when Swami was moving back into
Dharmakshethra, the Aura was also following Him to make it doubly
sure about the vision of His Grace!
I had to wait for His Darshan despite my repeated visits and
attempts, ultimately when Swami did make it possible for me to
have His Darshan, He did it in a grand style bestowing His Grace
on the final chance I got. I could never forget this Divine
experience of a vision of the mild aura in the colour of Jasmine
flower like white purity!.
blessed me again with a repeat vision after many years, but at
‘Sundaram’ Mandir in Madras. This time also it was during the
Darshan after Nagar Sankirtan. Swami was accepting the Arathi from
the Lotus shaped balcony at ‘Sundaram’ Mandir when the Aura
appeared for full five minutes till He withdrew into His room.
day, I realized at ‘Sundaram’ in Madras that Bhagavan Sri Sathya
Sai Baba had accepted me unto His fold and provided divine
protection. I prayed to Him with all my sincerity and devotion
that he should bless me again and again to spend the rest of my
allotted days in the earth, at His Lotus Feet, serving Him
worshipping Him and offering my everything unto Him!
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