Cannot be Understood
Swami has passed away.
Earlier this month, i was wondering: "Hey, did i pray for His recovery?" I didn't. I wasn't even doing the basic stuff, even though He's done so much for me: (snipped from Letter to The Week on their "80th birthday of Swami" issue)
- Swami looking right into my eyes, interestingly enough, on Valentines' Day in 1993 (more in వీడే).
- Getting the Infosys ESOP on His birthday in 1994, which enabled me to shift close to Swami's Brindavan Ashram in Whitefield, just 6.25 km away.
- One of the more interesting dreams is the Flying Dream, where one feels that one is flying, including maneuvering in the sky. I have had this dream a few times in Life and it's always a great feeling. In one instance, Swami was massaging the calf of my leg and, soon after, i had a flying dream that filled me with exhilaration.
- Seeing a huge dark cloud at Puttaparthi and noticing that it was in the shape of Swami looking down at His abode.
Some of His great observations:
- Puttaparthi stands for Put-apart-the-i
- Properties are not proper ties
- Television is actually tele-visham (poison). Research has shown that frequent viewing dulls the left (logical) brain
- Even though Neti, Neti :-) has generally been translated as Not this, Not this, i think Swami has given the best interpretation for it: Not only this, Not only this, which can be abbreviated to NOT and expanded endlessly liked the Universe (somewhat like God = God over djinn, in Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter).
- When Prof. Venkatraman, who wrote Sai Baba's Final Days - An Eyewitness Account and many other interesting articles, met Swami for the first time, Swami asked him: "What do you want?" The Prof. said: "I want peace", to which Swami responded: "Drop the I and the want, and you'll have Peace"!
- To a devotee who wanted Swami to give him a haircut: "I am Baba, not barber"
- To a devotee with a BA: "You're a BA, I am a double BA"
- When someone wanted Swami to materialize something alive, He created a monkey that pranced & "pranked" about and disappeared after a while.
In SEP.2004, He saved me from a monetary jam within the space of 12 hours when i cried in front of His photo in our puja room and, at the end of the month, showed us His Third Eye:
On Rama Navami in 2007 (March 27), my father-in-law and i found a masterpiece set of 160+ Sundaram Sai bhajans, which i still listen to on a daily basis. More in Bhajan Cornucopia:
Here's one of my favorites: (in Telugu script; download the MP3)
Probably, in my heart of hearts, i feel that He's the Formless. Don't know for sure, but this really made me understand what He once said:
The ananth is an anAth
(The Infinite is an orphan)
"Yes, for you, you have Sai. You will pray to Him and get any work done by Him. But whom shall I call? I have no Sai. I am anAth."
The Master explains the mystery of the Incarnation in his own inimitable, pithy way in the Gospel: (page 505, top)
Festival at Adhar's House
Even a judge, while giving evidence in a case, comes down and stands in the witness-box.
Given that we are right on Easter, what could be more fitting than Swami resurrecting like Jesus and living on for 96 years as has been predicted?!
The ToI quoted Tapovanam this morning:
Baba had said he would come back stronger, claims book
This was revealed in a book `Tapovanam - Bhagawan Sri Sathya Saibaba Satcharitra Nityaparayanam' in which the author Jandhyala Venkateswara Sastry has written an essay on Baba's ill-health. Saibaba had told his students and followers at his Sai Shruti ashram in Kodaikanal in 2000: "Though most of my disciples fall at my feet, they don't know my real value. A time would come when I would vanish and take a walk across the skies. During that phase, my body would face serious health problems and devotees would be desperately praying for my recovery."
The Baba also goes on to say, according to the writer, that several gun-toting cops would be guarding the premises where he would be hospitalised.
As Saturday marked the 27th day of his stay in the SSSIHMS, many devotees said Baba would soon give darshan. "Time and place cannot hold me captive. I decide when to come back. If I want I can go anywhere and come back any time," he is said to have told students during the discourse.
Be that as it may, Swami is always close to Me and cheering me up through this photo in the kids' room.
The eyes have It.
The words of Ramana Maharshi are still ringing in my ears:
To devotees who begged him to cure himself for the sake of his followers, Sri Ramana is said to have replied, "Why are you so attached to this body? Let it go" and, "Where can I go? I am here."