SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA
(Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan
He knows what is best
"ONAM` is a festival celebrated
all over the state of Kerala, like Diwali in other parts of India.
People belonging to this state, are employed all over the world.
And yet they do nor fail to visit their native places and join
their family during the Onam festival. Though many consider it a
harvest festival, it has a spiritual significance.
Swami has mentioned several times, that Kerala state has been
blessed by Lord Vishnu in His three separate Incarnations. The
Avatar hood of Narasimha, Vamana and Parasurama had taken place in
this state. So it is not surprising to see the deepest form of
devotion among the Keralities. Taking bath twice everyday and
offering Joint prayers in their respective homes has been an age
old tradition. Elders show the way to their young children to
sustain and develop the culture of joint prayers.
King Mahabali, who belonged to the family of Prahlada, was a noble
king though he belonged to the Asura lineage. The king was revered
and loved by his subjects. His end came when Lord Vishnu assumed
the form of Vamana and placed his Lotus Feet on his head, pushing
him down into Pathala. Before leaving the earth the King Mahabali
sought a boon. He wished to come back to the earth once in a year
and see his loving subjects. It is believed that King Mahabali
visits Kerala every year on Onam day and the people wish to
present themselves before him in a happy frame of mind and spirit.
They put on their best on this day, even if they are poor and
cannot afford good food and dress. 'Kaanam vittrum Onam thinnuga '
is the proverb in Kerala. Even by selling away their house, they
should eat well on Onam day, is the meaning. Kerala people are
very particular in this matter.
Swami once appreciated, in a public discourse at Prashanthi
Nilayam, the devotees from Kerala for leaving everything back and
reaching at Prashanthi Nilayam, to celebrate the Onam every year
in the immediate presence of Swami. In the calendar of 365 days a
year, Swami normally allots 2 or 3 days exclusively for the
devotees of Kerala during Onam. They put up with the limited
facilities available in the Ashram and manage with the food
offered at the Canteen, not the least worried about the sumptuous
special Kerala Onam Feast. For them it is only the Darshan of
Swami that matters. They organize special buses from all over the
state, bringing with them the decorative materials, for decorating
Prashanthi Nilayam. Prashanthi Nilayam virtually, turns into
Kerala, during Onam celebrations due to the meticulous care and
concern taken by devotees. Selected Bal Vikas Children, from
various Samithi centers, offer cultural programmes for two or
three consecutive days in the Divine Presence.
With the Divine Grace, Sri Sathya Sai Trust of Kerala had
established a Senior Secondary School inaugurated long back by
Bhagavan Himself. It is a residential school, affiliated to the
Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi(CBSE). My second
son, Sri S. Ramesh studied in this school and finished secondary
education before joining the degree course in Prashanthi Nilayam
This Sathya Sai Vidhya Vihar is situated atop a small hill near a
village called Nandi, on the main road, about 15 kilo meters north
of Calicut in northern Kerala It is said that the great
Rabindranath Tagore, while touring Kerala, was staying on this
hill and he had named it "Sri Sailam", as it is known even today.
When my son was studying in this school, I used to visit this
place very often with my wife. Once on top of the hill, the view
of the breath taking scenery draws you. The blue waters of the
Arabian Sea surround the three sides of the hill. Lush green
coconut groves dot the place all around. The hill itself is full
of grown up cashew nut trees. A beautiful and peaceful place where
the institution nestle0s!
Whenever, we visited our son in the school, we used to stay in
some hotel in the nearby city of Calicut, now known as Kozhikode.
We became acquainted with one Mr. P. V. Chandran and family who is
a leading business man in the city. They were in a way the local
guardian of our son Mr. Ramesh during his period of study at Sri
Sailam. They extended all possible help to the boy.
This family own one of the biggest transport company in India
called Kerala Transport Company (K.T.C) with branches all over
India. Besides various other business interests, they own one of
the biggest vernacular (Malayalam language) daily named 'Mathru
bhoomi'. They also publish a weekly magazine bearing the same
An ardent devotee of "Gunrvayuroppan " (Deity in the Temple
Guruvayur), Mr. Chandran is also a devotee of Bhagavan Baba. They
bring out special issues of this weekly magazine, fully dedicated
to Swami, containing beautiful photographs of Bhagavan, and many
articles authored by eminent Kerala devotees. The issue is
released during every World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organizations. I was fortunate to sit next to him during the last
conference at Prashanthi Nilayam during Darshan times. Mr.
Chandran placed the first few copies of the special edition at His
Lotus Feet and Swami blessed and returned a few copies to him. A
magnanimous Mr. Chandran gave me a copy blessed by Divine Hands. I
went through the book the same day. In one of the articles, a Sai
volunteer from Whitefield had talked of the experience of a
devotee. I was wonder struck reading the article as to how Swami
showed His mercy to a particular devotee. With the kind courtesy,
of the Mathru Bhoomi, I attempt below to narrate the incident.
One day Swami emerged from His Abode at White field as usual and
called out the seva dal and gave him some Instructions. Devotees
were sitting outside, awaiting Swami to come out for Darshan.
Swami gave the volunteer some identifications of a devotee sitting
outside, and Instructed that the particular devotee should be
asked to leave the premises immediately. Swami further said that
He would come out for Darshan only after this devotee was removed
from the premises. The volunteer located the devotee and requested
him to move away. Even after disclosing Swami's command to leave,
the devotee refused to budge, and flatly refused to get up. He
told the volunteer that he was suffering from the dreaded disease
of leprosy and that he would not leave until he had Swami's
Darshan and His blessings. The volunteer returned back. When Swami
asked him whether the fellow had gone away, the volunteer pointed
to the reluctance of the devotee to move out. Swami's next command
was a surprise. "Either push him out or you go out" was the stem
reprimand. No volunteer would feel happy to leave Swami. Hence he
rushed to the Darshan line and apprehended the devotee. Since
repeated persuasion did not have any effect, he took the help of a
couple of others to physically lift this man up and deposit him
outside the complex. He was left near the railway level crossing
The volunteer felt very sad for having to undertake such a job.
They had no other alternative but to obey the Divine Command. Days
passed; even after about a month, a growing feeling was there,
very much bothering the volunteer, as to why Swami was so harsh on
that devotee. But they could not know, or guess at that time that
Swami was actually saving that devotee. Nobody can comprehend the
ways in which the Divine Drama is being played.
Swami was still in Whitefield. Barely 30 days after this incident,
the volunteer was told that somebody was waiting outside the main
gate wishing to meet him. He was surprised to find the devotee
whom he had pushed out, standing outside the gate smiling at him.
He was worried that the fellow might force his way inside, thereby
creating problems for him. He tried to shun him and go back. The
devotee called out, and told the volunteer that he would not
attempt to force himself inside. He only wanted to tell him the
wonderful experience he had.
On the day when he was dragged out and deposited near the railway
gate, it pained him very much. He was asking himself again and
again whether he was such a sinner, not to have even a Darshan of
Bhagavan. He moved along to the nearby Railway station and laid
down on one of the concrete benches. Before long, he fell sleep at
this odd hour. He had a dream in which appeared Swami, who had
denied him the Darshan inside. Swami told him that it was not his
physical body, which He tried to push out, but the very disease
itself and those 30 days from then, he would be fully cured. He
could then come back and have Darshan.
True to Swami's assurance and by His Grace, he had been completely
cured now which happened to be the 30th day as foretold by Swami
in the dream. He would come inside only the next day. He only
wanted to personally thank the volunteer for what he had done to
him. But for his action, he would not have, had the chance of
Swami's Darshan in his dream followed by the miraculous cure.
As he was narrating the incident, there was a hush among the
devotees, as Swami was coming out to give Darshan to the devotees.
This devotee was also enjoying the Divine Darshan though from a
distance i.e. near the gate. As Swami was nearing the place, the
devotee could not contain himself any longer. To the utter dismay
of the volunteer, he rushed to Swami and fell at His Feet. He was
weeping profusely. Swami lifted him and patted on his back and
commanded him to go inside for the interview.
We cannot even remotely imagine, when and/or in what manner the
Grace would flow on a devotee. We are simply to follow His
teachings and practice a life as shown by him, engaging ourselves
in selfless service, leaving everything to Him We should know that
we are in Divine protection.
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