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Sri Sathya Sai Baba Teachings


 (Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan

Chapter 12
Sai, the Omnipresent

The first world conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations brought in us a sea of change. We came to recognize fully, the Divine Mission of the Advent of Sai and the part we were to play in it. Life seemed to assume a meaning and purposeful as we began participate in all Seva activities with a feeling of involvement and enthusiasm. We were very careful not to miss the chances of sathsang.

Our approach to the spiritual practices gained a new orientation. We took keener interest than before in our daily poojas, meditation etc. Gone were the days when we performed the rituals in a mechanical and routine way. Now utmost devotion and dedication came to characterize our performance of the daily rituals.

I felt always cheerful and elated, whatever be the turn of events, petty, small or big. I attributed everything to the Grace of Sai. I further learnt to adjust myself even to adverse situations, submitting to the Will of Sai.

We, as limited beings can never claim to know all about the limitless Swami. Every sathsang with a Sai devotee, or participation in any functions, provides us with an opportunity to know more and more of Swami. After all, learning is a continuous process. The glory of the Divine gets unfolded gradually and we should consider ourselves lucky to come across such glorious occasions to listen to and learn. The second World conference was one such an occasion.

As a delegate from Maharashtra state I was blessed to get an opportunity to participate in the Second world conference of Sri Sathya Sai organizations held in Puttaparthi. Besides the daily Divine discourses, we could listen to talks by some of the Swami’s close devotees. Each such talk unraveled more of the Divine glory. I was particularly impressed by the talk, in the immediate presence of Swami, by Dr. Nithyananda Menon, who was at that time a faculty member of Swami’s college at Whitefield. No doubt, I was well aware of the many ‘leelas’ of Divine Avatar of Swami; but the great miracle narrated by Dr. Nithyananda Menon that day, was astounding to me. I am trying to put down a gist of that glory to the best of my memory.

God is Omni Present; Sai is God; Sai is Omni Present. He can be present in all the places, at the same. He can manifest Himself in Human form anywhere any time. There are innumerable instances of His Omnipresence, many of which have gone unnoticed and unpublished.

This incident under narration is concerned with a gentleman in “Zimbabwe” (earlier called Southern Rhodesia) in Africa. When the incident took place, the white minorities ruled country and the native blacks were simply treated as slaves, till that country attained political independence. The natives were a poor lot and the rich landlords subjected them to very bad treatment. A rich gentleman, who owned lot of properties in that country, had come down to India and was staying in a fashionable hotel in Bombay. He came in contact with many overseas visitors in that hotel. Some of them happened to be devotees of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Naturally, in the informal dialogues, the subject matter would be Baba Himself. He was hearing about Baba for the first time and came to be impressed by some of the miracles reported by others. Incidentally, Bhagavan Baba had also come to Bombay at that time on a Divine visit and was in Dharmakshethra. Our gentleman form Zimbabwe, accompanied others to hive Baba’s Darshan. Having been so strongly drawn in, by the Divinity of Bhagavan, he followed Swami to Puttaparthi and stayed there for the next few months.

In Prashanthi Nilayam, several opportunities came hi way to witness the Divine Miracles. He was also blessed with many interviews. Swami had explained to him the purpose of human birth in this planet and the necessity to live a pious and spiritual life. He was made to understand that divinity is inherent in all the creation and that love should be extended to and shared with all others especially those who work for him. Gradually Swami brought about in him a new orientation in his attitudes and moulded him into a good character. After a few months of stay in the Divine presence, he was directed by Swami to go back to his country. Without any mind to return, he had to leave Prashanthi Nilayam reluctantly and reached Bombay on his way back to his country. During the entire period of his blissful days in Prashanthi Nilayam, he was unaware of the happenings around the world, especially in his own country.

On reaching Bombay, he came to know of the political upheaval in his country, involving the take over of the country by the black people from the white minority government. The black people’s attitude appeared hostile towards the white people especially the rich landlords. All the property had been taken over by the workers. He was very much worried. What would have happened in his ranch and the landed properties? At the earliest opportunity, he put through a long distance call to his ranch manager and enquired about the condition. He was surprised to hear from his manager that though the country was passing through a state of turbulence, his range and properties had not been affected. On the contrary, the workers very considerate and demonstrated a total loyalty, something unbelievable. He promised to rerun back soonest by the first available flight. “All by Sai’s Grace!” he thought.

On arrival in his country, the landlord found the report of the manager to be true. He invited all the workers to his ranch the same night to have food with him. A large size photograph of Bhagavan Baba brought by him from Prashanthi Nilayam, covered with a piece of cloth, was kept near the chair. He mingled very freely with his workers enquiring about their welfare, which he had never done in his earlier days. After the food was served, he addressed the workers. He conveyed his heartfelt thanks to all of them for their noble behavior even at the time of crisis in the nation. He, on his part, had returned as a changed man, after his pilgrimage to India. He told them of his meeting with the Living God in India and of the blissful days he spent in His Divine Presence, which had mellowed him into a true human being. The unique experience had fostered love and affection in his hitherto barren heart, which earlier cared only for selfish comforts and prosperity without a single thought for those who worked for him. He further announced that he was going to show them the Living God and removed the cloth covering the photograph of Bhagavan Baba.

But this evoked neither any trace of surprise not curiosity among the laborers. On the contrary they were laughing by themselves. They were admonished no to think lightly of Sai Baba, whose picture he had shown to them. The labour leader got up and said; “ You might have seen Him in India. But till yesterday, we were seeing Him, here every day in our fields. First, we sighted Him one day far away in the Horizon when the sun was rising early in the morning. He raised His hands and blessed us. Later on He came down to us and conversed with us. This was going on during all these days when you were away. He used to teach us all the good manners and discipline and about various subtle spiritual matters. He had taught us the importance of remaining loyal to those who were giving work and a living to us . He had directed us to live a life of love towards everyone. He had taught us the same path of love, which had been taught to you also. It seems, the very same God who happened to be with us had taken you also under His merciful fold. Yes sir, we were seeing Him almost everyday.!”

This amazing disclosure or the black laborer astonished the landlord. Would it be possible? Swami was all the time at Prashanthi Nilayam, and yet He had made Himself available to the poor people in his country as well. He felt that he and his workers were truly blessed by Swami. He assured the workers that from that day onwards; they would all live like a single family with mutual love and affection.

There are innumerable such leelas (Divine sport) of Bhagavan Baba having documented in various books. Even by reading these divine glories, one can drink deep the divine bliss and gain an access to spiritual benefit.

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
Bombay Srinivasan


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