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Sri Sathya Sai Baba Teachings


 (Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan

Chapter 18
The curing fragrance

Swami’s Grace flows unto him who surrenders himself totally to the Lord. Even when we fail to cry out for Him in the critical time of our trials and tribulations, He will still respond to the devotee who has surrendered himself. Be it pain or pleasure, good or bad, the real devotee does not bother. He considers it, as His Will to go through it as fruit of his own Karma. With this attitude he prays for His Grace to carry him through the happenings and make the pain as bearable as possible.

And, along with our prayers we are to play our part and take our own initiatives for possible remedial measures. His intervention or non-intervention, the timing of such intervention, the nature of such intervention etc., are all matters beyond the human ken and should not be a subject of reasoning or concern. They should be accepted with unshakable FAITH. Whatever happens or does not happen, be attributed to His Will only.

There are innumerable instances in the Puranic stories and other Epics of the Grace of the Lord manifesting to save His devotees. In this Kali Yuga also, countless number of devotees are experiencing the saving Grace of Lord Sai from the innumerable diseases, physical, mental and spiritual I had myself witnessed several such instances of His Grace flowing to various devotees. Some instances and such information just happen to come my way.

I had mentioned in the earlier chapters how I was blessed by Sai, in getting an industrial shed in Madras. Those days, it was very difficult to get electricity power connection for industries due to severe shortage in the generation of power in the state. I had applied long back for the power
connection and considerable delay had taken place, I took the chance of visiting and meeting a Senior Engineer of the Electricity Board. The name board on the door of the cabin displayed the name "Mr. Aravamudan". As I pushed open the door and entered into the office cabin, a beautiful photograph of Bhagavan Baba on the wall, with His "Abhaya Hastha" struck my vision. I was delighted to see Bhagavan's photo in the most unexpected place. There were a couple of smaller photos too on the table. I responded to his invitation and quietly sat down on a chair across his table. We discussed my problems including the necessity for the need of enhanced supply of power for my unit. There had been some reassuring kind words from the Engineer and after a little persuasion he informed me that the situation had since improved and my connection should be forthcoming very soon. I was about to take leave and stood up to shake hands with him. At the last moment, I told him how happy I was to spend few minutes in the presence and company of a Sai devotee, as was evident from the Sai photographs in his cabin. I introduced myself to him as a Sai devotee. He said he had heard about me, and invited me to sit a little longer, since he felt happy to talk to me. He had something to tell me about his own experience, as to how Swami had saved him miraculously from undergoing a serious heart operation.

Yes, Mr. Aravamudan happened to be a heart patient having punctures in his heart. He was advised that surgical cure alone could save him. Being a Sai devotes, he prayed to Swami, while accepting the suggestion of the doctor. He was admitted in a Hospital in Madras, but his operation got postponed twice for different reasons.

At last a fresh date was fixed for the operation and he was admitted again in the hospital, a couple of days in advance so that he could be properly prepared for the surgery Meanwhile, some happening in his ward gripped his mind with fear. A very close friend of Mr. Aravamudan had also been admitted for heart surgery but the operation was not successful, resulting in the death of his friend. He was Witnessing the body being removed. As the day of his own operation dawned, the fear in his mind increased. He resorted praying to Sai with all fervor and devotion to be saved. Those days as the open heart surgery was a new medical development, the patients used to get greatly concerned and worried. Mr. Aravamudan was no exception to this fear psychosis. He prayed and prayed for His blessings to save him.

He was wheeled to the operation theater and was kept outside, since another surgery was being performed inside. After finishing the earlier operation, the surgeon and the staff were coming out. The surgeon experienced the scent of some perfumes in the room, which had been earlier sterilized. He got annoyed and shouted who had lit the Incense in the sterilized room where the patients were kept ready for surgery. None was aware of any "incense" material in the room and in fact there was no incense at all. But the sweet fragrance was pervading the room. The Sai devotees know well that such manifestation of fragrance in unexpected place, indicates the Omni Presence of Sai in their midst.

Mr. Aravamudan was now moved to the operation theater. All preliminary checks before the operation were conducted in his systems with the monitoring equipments. Surprisingly enough, the surgeon, on reading through the monitors, developed second thoughts on the need for subjecting him to any surgery. Everything looked normal in the heart of the patient. He arranged for further tests and found everything to be fine. After prolonged investigations, it was decided that there was no necessity for any surgery. Ultimately he came to be discharged without any operation. Back in his house, relieved of all his tensions, Mr. Aravamudan slept well for the night. He woke up very late in the morning and that too after his wife had tried to wake him up. There it was, the same fragrance of divine Vibhuthi filling the air in his house too!. He remembered the scent of the fragrance in the hospital. He knew too well, that Sai had been with him through and through, responding to his prayers and that the Grace of Bhagavan had avoided the surgery which he feared most.

While Mr. Aravamudan was narrating the touching events, I was watching his face intensely. His devotion and his surrender to Sai were all evident on his emotionally charged mien. The very Sathsang with such devotees, listening to the Leelas of Sai would ward off many of the karmas of the devotees. "Sravana, Patana Mathrena Janma Samsaara Bandhanad Vimchyuthe."

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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