The Greatest of All

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Being happy for no reason is the greatest joy of all………

Thanking God for everything is the greatest prayer of all……….

Loving without expectation is the greatest principle of all……….

Sincerity and kindness is the greatest expression of all……….

Sacrifice with fearlessness is the greatest deed of all…….

A silent moment spent in truth is the greatest time of all……..

Having faith in the Self is the greatest gift of all……….

And a life knowing the presence of God is the greatest and the highest grace of all………….

(Inspirational message received by Seema M Dewan, May 14th, 2012)
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Love that conquers

Tuesday, 21st August 1984 was a very hot sultry day as I toiled up the hill by Nuffield College, Oxford, on my way to the West Gate Library. When I was near the top I could see that quite a crowd had gathered on the edge of Born Square with more people joining it all the time. As I drew level I saw that in the centre of the crowd there were two lads fighting each other hard.

These two were really slugging it out so my first thought was “I am sure Sathya Sai Baba would not approve of this.” Then I remembered the line of the prayer He has directed us to do ‘O Lord take my everything and let me be as an instrument to work for Thee’, so I said to Swami telepathically “What ever can I do?” Immediately I received the reply, just one word “LOVE.”

I was puzzled for a moment as I did not see how I could give love to the two young men, when I realised that I would not have enough anyway. This triggered the idea that only Sathya Sai Baba would have enough love – then, I knew what to do. I would ask Him to use me as a channel to pour His love over them. As I had continued walking I was just beyond the fight and had turned right onto the broad pavement, so they were behind me. I took a deep breath to try to raise my vibrations, so making me a better channel, and asked Baba to pour His love through me.

After three short paces curiosity overcame me, so I turned round and was amazed at what I saw- the young men’s hands had dropped to their sides. My astonishment had stopped me acting as a good channel, so I redoubled my efforts to clear my mind of all thoughts, except that of love. Both young men shuffled in a self-conscious way, then turned from each other, one going off along Queen’s Street, and the other down the hill I had come up. The crowd looked disappointed, then quickly dispersed.

I thanked Sathya Sai Baba before going into the Library feeling rather stunned. Now you could say this was a coincidence, but I doubt it! Just think what would have happened if all the others in the crowd had been channelling love too – the fight would never have started.

This August (1986) I have read Phyllis Krystal’s book with the account of how she channelled Sathya Sai Baba’s love to stop the hijackers, which confirms my feelings that it was no coincidence.

Remember – however dangerous or frightening the situation you find yourself in, you have the strongest weapon of all, LOVE; it is a much underused commodity in our present world. Start using it now.

– Excerpt from Sai Spiritual Showers – Issue 4/61

In fact it is not just about Baba. Any name, any form that we express our devotion towards is a source of LOVE.

Thought of the day

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For more than an year I am struggling on this… Baba talks extensively on shanti (peace). He also says that peace is a by-product of reducing desire… It is very hard in a consumption driven economy and society, getting a little more … adds a little more happiness… but makes us forget for that tiny moment our inherent lack of peace. But the only approach to obtaining lasting peace is as Baba says “Ceiling on desires”.

How do you know He is God?

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Excerpts from Mr. Bhanoji Rao’s…

In connection with a job search, I once met an elderly and well educated person. I showed him a copy of a book that I wrote. He looked at the second page where it was noted that the book was dedicated to “Bhagawan, Amma and Nanna”. He asked me who the “Bhagawan” was. I have stated that the Bhagawan is Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The scholar quickly and unhesitatingly remarked that Baba might be a great saint, but certainly not Bhagawan (God). After a while I collected the copy of my book and left the company of the Scholar.

I left the Scholar, but, I could not leave my thoughts. The Scholar’s remark was all the time in my mind. Apparently his contention was that Swami could not be God. A response came to my mind. He who can say that Swami is not God must have to prove that he has known God. Suppose I see a metal and say that it is not gold, it is implied that I know gold. Similarly if some one says that Swami is not God, then it is implicit that he can recognize God. Indeed, the individual ought to be knowing God thoroughly well, otherwise, he can not distinguish God from others who are not. So, I have decided that if some one says that my Swami is not God, I will simply ask him: “How do you know?”

Frankly, the fact that I have discovered that question has pleased me for a while only. After all just as I can ask: “How do you know Swami Is not God?” I may be easily subjected to the counter question “How do you know He Is God?” Naturally it is very desirable to know the answer to this question rather than to learn to raise the previous one.

Until I progress in my sadhana and become closer and closer to Him so that I can see Him in Absolute Unmanifest as well as relatively manifest Swami, I can not really know the answer to the question: “How do you know Swami Is God?” But, though it is not needed to begin my sadhana, simply to enjoy the bliss that Swami gives me, I ought to have some answer, more down to earth of course, to the said question. Also it is not palatable to my ego to evade the answer to the question by saying that sadhana alone will give the answer (though this is the true answer). Hence I came to a conclusion. Until one can identify through sadhana the manifestation of The Absolute in the form of Swami, one needs some transient working proof to cultivate the faith that Swami Is God, and to be guided by this faith on the path of sadhana. Most Sai devotees, I believe, have used the following characteristics of Swami as the proof of His Divinity and to say that He Is God.

The Supernatural phenomena associated with Him (only God can do them).
His emphasis on all religions (only one absolute God or his real manifestation can emphasize this.)
His pure love (He gives and gives and forgives, never asking anything in return except love. One has to shed a thousand tears and beg Him to accept even a small gift which He does only to please His devotee).
The transformation He brings about in human behaviour (only God can correct people since He does this out of love)

It is important to recognize why the above characteristics are noticed as the proof that Swami Is God. I think it is because none of us wish to consider anything less than the above as characterizing God. This is so because the ego in us does not permit us to see God in everyone and everywhere. We direly need a personal God because we like to be corrected, questioned, patted and loved by someone much higher than the average human beings. For all these reasons we see Swami as God. Clearly this is not the real proof. Real proof can be obtained only through sadhana and only when it can be realized that The Absolute has indeed manifested as Swami and also when it is realized that The Absolute is also manifested in all creation.

Thanks to Swami, I have learnt one thing. Every time I meet people who say that Swami Is not God I have learnt to respect them and not to argue with them. For, what I know is no superior to what they think they know. I cannot prove and they cannot disprove. If my faith gives me joy and bliss, they too get something out of their faith.

For common people like me, the nice distinctions between yogi, saint, sage, Incarnation and Absolute God are totally irrelevant. All of them are Divine just as one’s mother, father and teacher are.

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There may be a hundred religions and more faiths… but the basic tenets for practice of human values is far beyond the religious sentiments. It transcends time and place. For universal peace, the struggle must begin in our hearts. We may spend time wanting to correct others but seldom spend time on our own mistakes. Truth, righteousness, peace,Love, non-violence these are the basic human values. We don’t need a religion to teach us. To practice them one needs tremendous will power. This will power comes from fearlessness. Fearlessness not against anything outside of us but against demons inside our mind.

I wanted to share with all couple of quotes from Baba, that I feel are so relevant in our world today.

Have a good week!

The best way to add deeper levels of fun to your youtube experience

Hilarious…

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Youtube is fun.

You can watch people fall over or you can watch a lot of cats. There are also other videos – but I got distracted by the first two types and so I don’t know about them.

Over 100 hours of video content are added to youtube every minute – which sounds a weird sort of time travel.

But eventually, you just get bored of all these videos and your craving for fresh entertainment is left unsatisfied, frustrated… some other synonym.

When you get to these moments in your life, you need to do what I did. It’s really quite magical actually.

Find a foreign youtube video that has a caption option, turn those captions on in the native language, then go to settings and ask youtube to translate the captions into English.

That might sound a little complicated, but it can bring you considerable joy.

I decided to…

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The Company You Keep

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.

Divine Play

 

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?