Kamal Sahani, of the Second B. Com Class of the College spoke now, using fine simple appropriate words, on the human body and the purpose for which it has been given to you. He said that the world is a stage and that the body is a costume that one has to wear in order to act the role that God has allotted to you in the play produced and directed by Him.
This is a correct interpretation. But, when you are allotted a part, your duty is to do it well and earn the appreciation of the Director.
The stage on which you play your role is an infinitesimal dot when compared with the vast unlimited Cosmic space. The time when you strut about the stage in this costume or in any other is also infinitesimal. Deepak of this College acted as Sankaracharya on the stage at the Shanmukhananda Hall, Bombay. But, his Deepak-ness was not lost thereby; even while he was Sankaracharya, he was Deepak. His Sankaracharya-hood was but a temporary phase. So too, the Atma is the Eternal Truth; the body which it dons is temporary and the role it induces is also short. Or, to illustrate this in another way—the time spent in dreams is infinitesimal, when compared with the time spent awake. The ‘waking’ stage is the representative of the stage of wisdom and illumination, of the Atma; the dream stage is the representative of the ’ignorance wisdom’ hazy stage of human life.
The question may legitimately be asked, why or how did this eternal universal Atmic principle take up residence in this temporary, particularised body box? Well. You do not keep diamonds in a diamond casket, do you? If you do, the robber would be doubly benefitted. You keep it in an iron box only. Of course, the iron box or safe will be artistic and charming, for, the container is chosen, to suit the value or sanctity of the thing contained. To drink milk or some such beverage, you select a clean attractive tumbler or cup. But, for a spittoon, inferior metals or mud is felt ample.
The body is a chalice, wherein you collect the nectar of Divine Grace. That is the prime purpose for which it has been gifted, to you. For, without a cup or chalice, casket or jug, how can the nectar be taken? Raso Vai Sah: say the Vedas; “He Is Sweet-Nectar, no less.” And when His Graces is showered, the body is thrilled. The Body has to be kept ever clean and pure, unaffected by dirt, disease, distress, or defeatism. Nara and Narayana, man and God are like iron and magnet. God by His very nature attracts man near, for in man, there is the Divine. When the magnet fails to attract the iron piece, the iron foolishly concludes that the magnet has lost its power! The real fact is: the piece of iron is too thickly covered by rust and dust. It does not realise its own defect; it rushes to blame God (the magnet) or even to deny Him!
The easiest and the most fruitful method of keeping yourself free from dust and rust is the Satsang. The company of the good and the godly will slowly and surely chasten and cleanse the persons prone to stray away from the straight path towards Self-Realisation. Care has to be taken to see that you select and stick to the proper company. A cup of water has no cash value; but, if it is poured into ten cups of water, it acquires the value that people attach to milk! If on the other hand, one cup of milk is poured into ten cups of water, it loses the value it had and is condemned as useless. So, the Satsang you join must be purer, more venerable, and sticking to higher ideals of virtue and truth than you yourselves. When a smoker joins a group of non smokers, there is every likelihood of his giving up that bad habit; but, when a non smoker falls into a den of smokers, he is certain to become a victim soon! Such is the subtle influence of the company one keeps. The company you join must be qualitatively and quantitatively greater and higher than the one in which you are now caught.
There are precious gems of wisdom within your hearts, which require excavation, in order to be of any benefit to you. Intelligence is the instrument you have to use, in order to gain them. At the very start, you will encounter a boulder barring your way—that is the Body Consciousness, the Ego. Desires are the loose rocks that have also to be dug out and kept aside. Then, you come to a bed of sand—good thoughts, good words, good deeds; when this stratum is reached, you are nearing success. If you keep on in Satsang, every day, your hearts will maintain their purity unimpaired; but, if you seek one, only off and on, it will be difficult to win grace or partake of it, for, the vessel will be tarnished and untidy. In your own households, you must have noticed that a vessel in daily use is bright and clean; but, vessels stored and used only now and then will have to be scrubbed with great vigour to become bright.
You must take all the trouble and welcome all the patience needed, to seek Satsang and remain therein. For, it is not being born a man that is the sign of the glory; it is living as a man that confers the dignity.
An Account from Dr. M. S. Ramakrishna Rao on his experience with Baba’s grace.
The ways of Divine Grace are incomprehensible. Many of us think that we are very secure, with our rational approach to the myriad problems of life; we try to tackle them on what we call `scientific’ basis. But, we forget that all branches of science lead only to Him. In fact, He is the embodiment of all Knowledge and all Wisdom. He is Jnanaswarupa. An iota of realisation comes to most men, when they are aware of the Divine Presence. Now and then, Divine Grace would be so obviously present, that we can perceive the Presence, with our mundane sense. I would like to present such a case:
A friend of mine, Sri. M. R. B Narasimsimha Rao, M. A., of the Andhra University Press, came to me one day, in February last, with some vague complaint of the right eye. He was very much agitated; he told me that he had suffered some kind of trouble in that eye; continuously for a number of months, sixteen years ago.
As a specialist, I told him that, as long as it was an eye disease, there was nothing to worry about, since I was there (as if I can treat and cure any eye condition and every eye condition)! I must say, I am an eye specialist with the highest degree available in India.
I began treating him, in the routine way, for conjunctivitis. A couple of days later, when I examined his eyes carefully, I found that there was the much dreaded Dendritic Ulcer, is his right eye! The disease is caused by a virus called Herpes Simplex. The disease is chronic in nature and IDU (Stoxil of Smith in Klein and French Co. of U. S. A ) is the only drug in clinical use, which has direct action against the virus. And, that drug was not available in the Indian market.
I was much annoyed. But, what could I do? I had to give him only a non-specific treatment for the ulcer cornea. I began cauterising the ulcer, with various available reagents like Iodine and Carbolic Acid, the latter being the most powerful reagent of all.
The disease did not respond to them, as one should expect. After a few days, to my utter surprise and distress, his other eye also got infected with the same organism. This spreading to the other eye is quite unusual! In fact I had not come across a single case, wherein both eyes are affected by this virus. I was really annoyed. I ran to my Professor Dr. R. Suryaprasad Rao, M. S , who has spent all his years of service in the Eye Department, and who is still an active practitioner of ophthalmic medicine and surgery. He told me that he had not seen a single case, where both eyes were thus affected. He promised to secure for me IDU the drug of choice, for its treatment.
I tied to get that drug, from other sources also. I sent a telegram to the manufacturers. But, it was all of no avail.
Another two days passed; the disease was gaining ground, with a vengeance. Even if the ulcers healed, I knew that they would leave permanent opactitis behind, causing visual disability, incapacitating the patient permanently. As a friend of the patient and as his physician, I had, you will agree, sufficient reason for disquietude.
At this stage, I must tell you a few more details about the patient. Years ago, he had spent some time with Swami Sivananda at Rishikesh and had visited almost all the holy places in India. Nowhere could he get the most sought-after meditative mood. In 1966, both of us went to Holy Puttaparthi during Dasara, and stayed three days. After the Darshan of Baba, he was transformed into a new personality. He became introspective; he began to meditate for a long time, not caring for even food and drink. Later, he told me that he had never had such divine transport in his lifetime and that he was immensely happy in that state. From then onwards, he developed faith in Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Having known the faith of my friend in Him, and having nothing else to think of as a remedy for his eye condition. I prayed to Sathya Sai Baba and put His Vibhuti into both his eyes and bandaged them.
That very night, I could secure much-needed drug IDU, from my Professor Dr. Rao! I felt that my prayers were heard and that Baba Himself had sent me the drug. Next day, in the morning, I enthusiastically opened the bandage, to apply the IDU., when I found to my great joy and astonishment that there was no ulcer, in either eye!
What a miracle! Later, I studied his eyes under the corneal microscope and there was not even a faint trace of any disease or scar, whatsoever. It is generally known that even after a considerable interval, one can trace very easily faint lines, marking the old lesion of Dendritic Ulcer. But, here there was no trace! Such is His Grace!
Our faith is something like a meek impulse in the vastness of Divine Grace and His response towards us, is an imperceptible torrent, enveloping us instantly in His secure care.
May Faith in Him bring relief to us all. Shall we not say, He is truly the embodiment of succour? Shall we not believe that He is Saranagata Vatsala?
Truth, righteousness, peace and love — these are the four pillars on which the mansion of happiness is built.
A friend of mine posted this on his facebook profile, it just had to be shared here… We can go about our lives pedantically, but here a bunch of school kids who show what education is all about…
SAIRAM and hello to everyone. Apologies for suddenly disappearing. I am currently tackling a challenging situation which sort of needs my undivided attention. I am hoping to be back to active blogging soon. Have fun… Anant.
I recently had a wonderful lesson taught to me by the Lord Himself. I have been at my grandparents place with lot of relatives and folk staying together. Being the only person to be able to drive the car, I was being constantly, pushed around to go to places for buying stuff. Also at times going up and down the house to get something or when called for some work. After doing this for the last three days, yesterday, I wanted to spend time in the morning by myself and hid myself in one of the rooms and was relaxing. My dad, who has been also with us, insisted on visiting a temple. Since he is not allowed to drive, and knowing my state of mind, he made plans to go by himself. Upon knowing of his plans, my grandmother, called me aside and asked me to take him, since, he was unwell and it better if someone accompanied him. Reluctantly and with a little anguish, I got ready, pulled the car out of the driveway and headed out. Incidentally, this time of the year, due to a certain astrological conditions, the temples in India are closed earlier than usual, so I made haste to reach the temple my dad wanted to visit. It is a Lord Venkateshwara temple, maintained in the most traditional ways. As soon as we reached there, we saw the doors being closed. My dad hurried out of the car shouting, forgetting even to close the car door, asking the gatekeeper to hold on and pushed the door open and went in. His aunt followed him to make sure he was well. As they went in, stretched out and closed the other door and I headed toward the parking space to park the car. I saw a group of toddlers entering the temple, so I ran toward the gate. Just as I reached there, the keeper bolted the gate and after much effort and hitting he opened the door and said “Apologies sir! You cannot enter now the temple is closed.” I requested him telling my dad was inside. But he would not budge. Reluctantly I walked back toward the car and sat in silence just absorbing the day’s events thus far. The inner voice spoke asking me, “You did not even want to go, then why are you unhappy at your current situation?”
The truth is that I am still coming to terms with my dad’s certain untimely, at times stubborn and sometimes idiosyncratic desires. Having said that, his desires are more often than not very simple and almost child-like and so is his strong will to have them. The scriptures spell out,
Matrudevobhava = respect your mother because she is verily God
Pitrudevobhava = respect your father because he is verily God
Aacharyadevobhava = respect your teacher because he/she is verily God
Atithidevobhava = respect the guest because he/she is verily God.
That day the Lord Himself, showed that my defiance toward my dad was infact a defiance against Him. When my desire to fulfill bodily comforts were rendered fruitless, the anger that appeared made the mind unreceptive. As this wisdom dawned on me, through the Grace of this experience, I noticed how the desires play in the field of the mind. When needed, they create a fiery passion, causing extreme aggression with the mind jostling to receive the (temporary) satisfaction of their completion. When left unfulfilled they revert back as either anger or disappointment (or depression). The sudden and unexpected shutout by the Lord opened the mind to the intellect to understand this play. I feel indeed blessed that I was able to listen to the Lord for those few seconds and now able to share with everyone. SAIRAM!