SRI SATHYA SAI HRUDAYA
(Indweller of Hearts)
By Bombai Srinivasan
God is Love, Live in Love
In one of the His Divine discourses, Bhagavan
declared that He is the richest person in the
world, nay, in the universe itself, richer than
Kubera, the Lord of wealth. Swami further
clarified that His richness does not consist of
money or materials; the most valuable asset of
Baba is Love. He is the embodiment of Love
The whole world is an expanse of love enveloping
all the living beings, one-way or the other.
Even the most dry hearted human being or for that
sake even any wild animal exhibit sparks of love
in their own way. Such love may be of selfish
nature with attachment or bondage to their kith
and kin or to outside people who are admired or
revered. It is only the consistent spiritual
sadhana which slowly and steadily leads us up to
a level in which we are able to transcend the
narrow frontiers of selfish love into the vast
expanse of divine love enveloping the whole of
humanity. 'Premaswarupullara' addresses Swami
very often, while delivering Divine discourses to
the gathering. Because, this is the real nature
Swarm's advent of this present Avatar hood is to
regenerate the mankind, with the human values
informing both our view and way of life. As all
of us know, what these values are viz.,, Sathya,
Dharma, Shanthi, Prema and Ahimsa. If only the
prime value of universal Prema is fostered and
developed in our life, it will be very easy and
almost automatic to develop the other values. How
do we go about it ? According to Bhagavan
it is very simple; it only requires a
degree of earnestness in our efforts. Man is by
very nature love personified. But the self and
the desires of the self have come to grip our
thoughts and actions in our lives, past and
present. Our efforts, therefore, should be, to
purify our chitha by removing the accumulated dirt slowly so that the ever present quality of
love surfaces in all our thoughts and deeds.
Swami is, in fact, making us aware of the
inherent LOVE in us by subtle methods of
spiritual sadhanas inculcating in us.
To develop universal love, we have to first
realize that the universe is only a manifestation
of Divinity, and that Divinity is inherent in
all living beings, what Swami call as Resident
Divinity We should extend our love to every
living beings as a manifestation of the same
divinity, and in the same way, as we love God
Swami also invariably emphasizes the need to have
expansion of love and not contraction of love
which means that love should be selfless and with
not selfish motive.
We love our family members, because they happen
to be our wife/husband, son, daughter, father or
mother. The love extended to all these relatives
is only selfish in nature. Our love is
conditional based on our relationships. We even
find variations in the intensity of love towards
different relatives, depending upon the degree of
attachment with each one of them. But the divine
love is not conditional It is selfless.
Our love to God should also be selfless. "Love is
selflessness and self is lovelessness. Love is a
mutual feeling. Love generates Love. When you
love somebody it is always reciprocated. Even a
person of very hard nature responds to love. I
remember a story narrated by a senior devotee in
Madras, during one of his discourses,. in a
study circle meeting.
It was said that during period of His boyhood,
Sri Krishna was undergoing Gurukula Vaasam
(living in the hermitage of the Guru) with Guru
Sandeepini Maharshi along with Balarama and
Sudhama. In the performance of the chores all the
three used to go to the forest to fetch firewood
for the Ashram. One day it was too late in the
night, they were still in the forest and they had
to camp there. They decided to take turns so
that one could be awake, while the other two
could sleep under the tree. First it was the turn
of Sudhama to keep vigil. While doing so, he
noticed that a gang of tribal men were passing
by, closely where they were resting. Sudhama
thought that they might cause harm to them and
tried to scare them away, by angry gestures. The
tribal folk did not mean any harm to Krishna and
company. And yet when Sudhama tried to threaten
them by gestures, they also reacted likewise.
Luckily, without much ado they moved away.
Next, it was the turn of Balarama, to take over
from Sudhama. He also noticed the tribal folks
moving about in the area. Balarama too tired to
scare them away by angry gestures to which they
responded angrily. Balarama did not leave them at
that. He gestured that he would attack them if
they did not move away from that place. The
tribal folk responded in the same manner and
measure. They got nearer to Balarama and beat
him brutally and then moved away. Balarama took
it quietly and retired for the night after his
time was over.
Last it was for Sri Krishna to take over. The
other two could not forget their respective
encounters and were not able to sleep. To their horror, they found that the tribal people were
once again passing through the place. They were
very eager to watch how Krishna was going to
tackle them. On seeing the tribal folk, Krishna
waved His hands towards them smilingly conveying
His good wishes. They also responded smilingly.
Krishna then, by His gestures, invited them to
come nearer. They came nearer and were all in
smiles. They hugged each other reflecting warmth
and friendship. After a while, they went their
The devotee, in his talk, was further trying to
explain to us, how our own feelings get reflected
in others. When you show hatred to any one, the
other party also responds with hatred. When you
show love, they also extend their love to you.
Love is reciprocated by love Swami often points
out the simple analogy of a person looking at the
mirror. If the person puts on an angry face, the
reflection is also the same. If, one smiles, the
reflection also smiles !
Thirty thousand feet above the earth, when an
aircraft was being high jacked, the devotee heard
the command of Swami, to "love the highjacker".
How could you love a 'high jacker', when he was
threatening to blow up the plane killing every
body on board. And yet this was the command. The
lady devotee, on hearing the message, mentally
extended her love towards them. It was reported
that they, the 'highjackers' subsequently, lost
their nerves to live through the tension drama
and ultimately surrendered to the authorities.
It is not enough if you say that you love
somebody. In case of pure love, we follow it up
with positive action. When we love our child, we
try to express our love by purchasing and
presenting something for the child to bring joy.
Any sincere feeling of love manifests itself into
When we love God, God's love also manifests. In
fact, God is ever loving and at times we are not
able to feel and enjoy that divine love because of certain inherent blocks in our feelings of
love. The magnetic power in iron automatically
attracts the ordinary iron. But in case the
ordinary iron is densely covered by rust and
other impurities, the magnet can not attract it.
The rust in our feelings has to be removed and
our chitha purified to be able to absorb the
abundant love from God. And we too should
love God unconditionally.
When once we develop love towards someone, we
start listening to him or her with interest and
act in the best way possible to please the
party, whom we love. When we say we love God, it
implies and involves total commitment to the
Divine Commands and direction. We can then claim
that we love God, unconditionally.
What Is it that Swami is instructing us? "Start
the day with Love spend the day with Love and End
the day, with Love." We hear the sayings of Swami
several times, but we fail to put it in practice
in our daily life ?Start the day with love....
But what do we do? A slight delay in getting
our morning coffee, or in sighting the newspaper
boy, makes us agitated. We have sharp remarks in
reserve, for the maidservant if she comes late or
slips up, in work. In our conversations we
exhibit irritation, because it has been our way
of life all along. We seem to have lost the
faculty of tolerance and softness in speech. Only
when we are free of mental agitation, we can
speak softly and sweetly.
Swami has been teaching to mend our habits and
has shown us the ways too. Early morning, if we
sit for meditation followed by Japa and pooja,
our mind becomes calm and gets itself conditioned
to accept the events as they come and to develop
tolerance, which in turns removes anger and
hatred. Love resumes its place in our mind. This
is what Swami wants from us, under item No I of 9
point Code of Conduct which has been prescribed
for all the devotees.
As we go out into the world during the day we
come into contact with various personalities.
Some of them, you may like and many others you
may not like. We react differently to different
people. You feel happy to see and talk to the one
whom you like. You breed a sense of aversion to
those whom you do not like. It is very difficult
to condition the mind. Yet, we have to try and
attempt to foster and develop a proper balanced
attitude and behavior towards every one. Constant
remembrance of Swami, in such situation, to some
extent direct us to stick to proper behavior.
Swami teaches us to extend mentally our love
towards such persons. Our smiling face would
elicit the same smile from the other party too.
However at times, when we are engaged in
conversation with someone, the subject matter
quite often turns to those on whom we may have
reservations. We pass comments and criticize
them. Swami warns us to be cautious and careful
about this habit and behavior. Remember Swami's
dictum in the 9-Point Code of Conduct, which says
"Don't talk ill of others, especially in their
As the day closes in, we prepare ourselves to
retire for the day. While doing so, we should
spend a while in self-retrospection. What are all
the mistakes we have done during the day? Have we
strayed away from the path of Love any time
during the day? We should contemplate, and try to
improve our performance the next day. It should
be a continuous process. This is the sadhana of
As long as hatred and anger prevails in our mind,
it is very difficult to cultivate love in our
hearts. Anger and hatred have to be eliminated
gradually by constant practice and tolerance and
love assumes its place automatically.
The most tolerant person may encounter a very
difficult man who may even inflict mental or
physical pain on us. Then what are we to do? Here
too, Swami says that we should not act in the
manner of 'tit for tat'. For all the pain
inflicted, it is our duty to pray for forgiveness
and for his welfare in spite of all that he has
done to you. This pleases Swami very much.
Swami wants us to live happily for ever, with
overwhelming love in our heart, for God is Love !
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