Please permit to share some of my
thoughts with you all.
During last week, Swami did not come
out for Darshan for two days in the morning sessions. Then the next two days
were totally blank; no Darshan at all during morning or evening sessions.
Then the next day too, the morning Darshan was skipped.
Saturday evening brought cheers to all devotees assembled in Sai Ramesh
hall. There was a big commotion among devotees when Swami made his
appearance through the rear side of the stage. Many devotees cried out
unashamedly seeing Swami, after missing Him for couple of days. There was
not a single face without tears. There was no time to wipe out the tears
flowing down since every one was holding palms together in great reverence.
There was a very huge crowd assembled on Sunday Morning. The weather was
severely cold, and yet every inch of the hall and extended area was jam
packed from early morning, praying and waiting for Divine appearance. The
day was something special. Swami walked by entering through the rear side
of the stage, and occupied the chair near the front edge of the stage. The
Bhajan was going on. After few minutes, swami indicated that he be brought
down. Thereafter it was all cheers and cheers all over. Swami made several
rounds, and passed through the various points three times or more. Swami was
speaking with many devotees, accepted many letters.
Swami departed through the back entry, walking again. Before that Swami got
up from chair stood up, and waved HIS Divine hands, blessing all the
fortunate devotees who had assembled that day. In the evening sessions on
Sunday, the students presented some skits. Each student prayed in different
languages, the agony there were having, on missing Swami. Each one of them
mentioned that they are bound by Love to Swami, and their relation with
Swami was inseparable. They pleaded, that they cannot live WITHOUT HIM. The
narration by each student was followed by songs which revealed their agony
of missing Swami. A very emotion packed presentation, was witnessed by all
So far so good. Now the time has come for all us to think more about Swami
We are taking for granted about routine Darshan of Bhagawan. Swami's Divine
body is aging. We have seen Swami for the last many decades. There are only
few more years of Swami's existence in the world, and this short period is
very very precious. And during this short period Swami is visibly in
physical strain. For the sake of devotees, Swami undergoes lot of
inconveniences and makes His appearance for giving us His Divine Darshan. We
should make the best possible chances to get benefits from these Darshans
The feelings should not be a routine one. We should start feeling for the
welfare of Swami's physical body too. This is most important and the
responsibility of we devotees.
While we proceed to Prashanthi Nilayam or Brindavan in Whitefield, we go
with lot of prayers for our own problems. In this process, we forget the
problems of Bhagawan.
Few suggestions please:-
While waiting for Divine Darshan. we should forget for a while our own
problems and start praying for Swami's welfare. By any chance, even if
Darshan is not forthcoming, instead of feeling bad about it, we should feel
that Darshan is not that important but Swami should be fine. This thought
should be very positive in our mind. If Swami is okay, all will be okay. We
should be consistent in our faith that Swami knows every one of us and our
needs as well. So all our thoughts should be centered on Swami's well being
2. Back in our homes, all our prayers in our home and Sai centers too,
should be for the good health of Swami.
We are used to sit in silence, (the so called Dhyan) for about a minute or
two after end of each Bhajan sessions. Nobody is sure, as what type of Dhyan
it is. They sit silently waiting for the signal which could end of that
silence sitting. This has become a routine. Let us now give some thoughts
for useful way of this precious time. During this time of silent sitting,
we should pray to Swami that He should recover soon, and be back to His
brisk and active movements. We should pray that Swami should give us joy by
moving around us, without any difficulty. In short, Devotees should have a
mental dialogue with Swami, always praying for Swami's welfare. We can even
play a tape recorder, with some mild rendering like "OM" or Gayathri mantra
as a background during this silent sitting. This would help devotees, to
hold on their thoughts on Swami, instead of allowing the mind wandering
In all programmes, such as any workshops, conferences or study circles etc.,
separate time should be allotted to make prayers for Swami good health.
Even in Balvikas classes, children should be trained to offer such prayers.
In short all activities in Sri Sathya Sai organizations in all levels,
devotees should be encourage to offer prayers on regular basis.
Let all of us keep our own matters in the secondary position, and
understand that Swami's good health is very important.
Come let us all take the initial steps as early as possible.
With Love & Regards,