SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA
(Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan
Can we escape from the fate?
than the two Ashrams familiarly known as Prashanthi Nilayam at
Puttaparthi and Brindavan at Whitefield, Bangalore, the three
magnificent Sai centers, namely Sathyam in Bombay, Sivam at
Hyderabad, and Sundaram in Madras would also compel a mention.
Sathya Deep at Dharmakshethra in Bombay stands out as a gem of
architectural beauty. It stands atop small hill like a fully
blossomed Lotus in a Pond. Swami on the 12th May1966 inaugurated
Dharmakshethra. The first World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organizations was also held during this period, the venue being
the vast grounds of Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan in Andheri East. I had
the good fortune to be present and participate in these programme.
Swami was present for full five days conferring a blissful time
for all of us. During the days of the conference, it became
increasingly evident and clear to me that Swami belonged to all
the community spread all over the world. Bombayities had just then
been coming to know of Swami and it was amazing to learn of so
many millions of devotees that Swami had, from all parts of the
world and of the thousands of Sai centers already functioning.
became aware of the concept of and the opportunities for
integrated service activities. I felt very happy indeed over the
ample chances available for Seva, which Swami likes very much.
thrilled when Swami, in one of His discourses announced to the
world that He is the embodiment of all the Gods being worshipped
in various forms by the humanity. This left a deep influence on me
to be so humble and devoted from that day onwards, motivating my
brother Sri. V.S.Mani had a friend in New Delhi who was the then
resident reporter of the American Magazine, “News week”. This man
was a very much feared and respected journalist with an imposing
personality in political circles. He had an assignment to
interview Swami. Having come to know of Baba’s visit to Bombay, he
also cane down to Bombay from New Delhi. But Swami’s schedule
remained very busy and tight, the Divine visit being restricted to
around 5 days only, with so much demand on Swami including the
International conference in session. And we also knew that Swami
would not like any introduction or recommendation. Only He decides
whom He will talk to or select for personal interview. Swami had
never given any interview to any journal and He strictly put down
any effort on publicity at the media. “I know how to contact my
devotees and I need no publicity whatsoever” is the command
how we could manage to get permission for allowing this reporter
to sit in the Dharmakshethra mini hall, named Sathya Deep just
below the Lotus shaped structure. Only very important
personalities from the organizations would wait in this hall when
Swami climbed down from His room. Normally, during the morning
hours, Swami would pass through this hall when He goes to give
Darshan to the devotees assembled at Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan
compus, some 6 kilometers away.
day als0kl radiant with Divine Smile, Baba appeared in the hall
and immediately walked towards our friend, the reporter. Swami
called him by name, patted on his chest, and asked him what he
wanted. The great journalist, who normally puts any senior
politicians in uncomfortable position, was dumb founded at the
Divine sight and could not bring himself to reply. The avowed
purpose of his visits to Bombay skipped out f his mind. Instead
only a prayer from his lips for some Vibhuthi from Swami slipped.
Instantly he Divine Hand moved in circular motion and poured out a
pinch of Vibhuthi to him with a benign smile. Swami further had a
few kind words of information to him that Devotees were waiting
for the Darshan and that He would come back very soon and talk to
Swami was back very soon and called out those who were outside the
hall, to come and sit inside. He announced that there was a
journalist present who wanted to ask a few questions and that
Swami would give replies, which would be beneficial to all. Swami
then invited the questions. Our friend who had come prepared with
a set of questions started with the first question…
mentioned that we are bound by acts of our past karma, the so
called fate. Is there any way for us to escape from this fate,
especially by the Grace of Divine personalities like Baba?”
smiled at him and started explaining. Indeed it became a
fulfilling discourse lasting about an hour.
not only man, by all the creations in the universe take birth
again and again based on their past karmas. The evolution takes
place on the merits of their karma. From birth to birth, man very
often indulges in dushkarma (bad deeds) and he will have
necessarily to pay for it by way of retribution some time or
other. There is no way of escape at all from the effects of such
bad Karmas, which act as the preordained fate or destiny, deciding
the births, the pain, the sufferings etc. If there have been good
deeds to his credit, he will get good rewards of such good karmas.
In short man is the author of his own destiny, from which he can
may choose to influence or soften the destiny of a man but in some
extreme situations. He himself decides how far He can come to the
rescue of the devoted calls of a man who sincerely repents and
engages in Sathkarmas. Or sometimes God can also make
things easier for him to pass through the sufferings, which he has
to undergo as a result of past bad karmas. Much depends on the
efforts of the incumbent.”
illustrated this with an example.
vast slush green field, a cow is tied to a peg, with a rope of
about 100 meter long. The fate of the cow is now fixed. It can
choose to graze in a circular area of 100-meter diameter. By a
foolish act, if the cow chooses to go round, round very often, the
length of the rope gets reduced, and it cannot even enjoy the
allotted area of grazing. On the contrary, if the cow uses its own
strength to uproot the very peg to which it is tied down; it can
reach out a much larger area without any limitation. Thus many
options are available for the cow. The cow’s specific choice of
the option and the effects of such option becomes it fate. By
using its intelligence and making efforts, it can overcome the so
called fate, or the limitations enforced upon it.”
“Likewise, man can also over come the effects of the fate destined
for him. He may either choose and determine to live a pure life
which helps to retain what is allotted to him or opt for an easy
and impure life,. and further slip down. By leading a pure
spiritual life, he can cleanse his chitha, his intellect.
He will then engage himself in “Nishkama Karma” Seva activities,
which will go beyond his self-interests and benefit people beyond
him or his family. The rewards of those good acclivities will
start accruing to his account, which will slowly erase the effects
of past misdeeds”.
one the contrary, resulting from pride and ego, the man indulges
in dushkarmas.- bad deeds- he stands to loose the
opportunities available to him to bring about a purification of
his thought, word and deed. (Thrikarana Sudhi) and thereby
getting over his destiny or fate in the present birth. This is the
lesson one should learn. Always engage in ‘sath’ karmas,
engage in service activities, live a life useful to the humanity
at large, and then pray to Him. In such cases, God will definitely
hear your prayers and will show compassion and reward you with His
merciful Grace to mitigate or overcome the so called fate, to
which the human beings are bound in bondage”.
During the hour-long discourse, Swami touched on various other
matters also. Our friend did not ask his second or any other
further questions; for whatever questions he wanted ask, had
already been replied to by Swami during his long discourse.
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