Swami wrote to His elder brother Seshama Raju way back in 1947:
- I have a Task: To foster all mankind, and ensure for all people lives full of Ananda.
- I have a Vow: To lead all who stray away from the straight path, again into goodness and save them.
- I am attached to a ‘Work’ that I love: To remove the suffering of the poor and grant them what they lack.
- I have a reason to be proud, for I rescue all who worship and adore Me.
God works in mysterious ways beyond human perception or comprehension. As the Vedas proclaim, He is grossest of the gross and subtlest of the subtle. Sometimes It is hard to comprehend the words of our beloved Swami, the Adi Purusha who is extolled in the ancient Vedic hymns as ‘Guna Traya Teetah’ (beyond attributes), ‘Deha Traya Teetah’ (beyond form) and ‘Kala Traya Teetah’ (beyond time). Some of his utterances may cause confusion in our minds but we should not forget that His divine sankalpa (divine will) is also Vajra Sankalpa (immutable will).
“No one can say with finality that God is only ‘this’ and nothing else. He is formless, and again He has forms. For the bhakta He assumes forms. But He is formless for the jnani, that is, for him who looks on the world as a mere dream. The bhakta feels that he is one entity and the world another. Therefore God, reveals Himself to him as a Person. But the jnani — the Vedantist, for instance — always reasons, applying the process of ‘Not this, not this’. Through this discrimination he realizes, by his inner perception, that the ego and the universe are both illusory, like a dream. Then the jnani realizes Brahman in his own consciousness. He cannot describe what Brahman is.” – Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
In fact Sai baba has been reminding us from the Shirdi days, that ‘Shraddha‘ (Faith) and ‘Saburi‘ (Patience) are the two most cardinal principles of Sai Mission. Shirdi Sai Baba explicitly asked for these two qualities in His devotees by giving his self-experiential instance that his ‘Murshid‘ or Master asked from him only two pice – one Shraddha and other the Saburi.
If you look back and think how the Super Speciality Hospital in the remote village of Puttaparthi was completed in record time, you would begin to understand and appreciate the subtle but precise movements of the divine cosmic will.
It is also worthwhile to reacquaint ourselves with the enormity of drinking water projects in the arid areas of Andhra Pradesh or the inspiring saga of Chennai Water project which was in ‘too hard to do basket’ for the central and state governments of India for many years. Swami simply willed it to happen. He made this announcement in his most unassuming and inimitable style when no one was expecting it. Swami said ” Let it be very difficult, Let it be the most stupendous task, Bhagavan has decided to supply drinking water to Madras.” Watch the video below to relive those moments.
I would like to share this beautiful video of how Swami’s chose Dharmakshetra in Mumbai as His Karmakshetra. On 12th May, 1968, the ‘Dharmakshetra’, an architectural jewel fittingly built on an elevated spot commanding a panoramic view of the environs of Mumbai was inaugurated. This was also the birthplace of Sathya Sai Organisation in India, Sathya Sai Seva Dal (volunteer team) and Bal Vikas (SSE or Sathya Sai Spiritual Education as it is known outside India). After watching this video, you will be filled with amazement about how the Lord chooses a place so meticulously to spread his glory and joy all around the world as part of His divine cosmic will. Listen to Indulal Shah describe this beautiful episode from the divine saga in his own words.
When Swami left his mortal coil on 24th April 2011, many devotees felt that Sai mission has come to an end and His legacy will be remembered only by the events that took place before Maha Samadhi. I think it was a test for all of us about how sincerely we believe in His words. Many devotees even those who were very closely associated with Him could not understand that Swami does not need a physical body to continue His mission. How about some of His future predictions? The following video provides a glimpse into the future about how the divine cosmic will is going to unfold in various projects all across India and the whole world.
From what I understand is that Swami is paving the way for the next Avathar Prema Sai who is going to be based in Karnataka as He predicted before. Just as a farmer starts removing weeds, leveling the ground, tilling the soil and mending fences around the farmland before the rain arrives, in my humble opinion Swami has already started preparatory work by undertaking many social welfare projects in Karnataka before the arrival of Prema Sai. Just as Swami chose Dharmakshetra in Mumbai as the very first international centre for Sai family in 1968, he has now chosen Muddenahalli for his future work through the Sookshama Shareera or the subtle body. Whether we believe in His words or not is our choice but His Glory and His divine mission would continue to spread all over the world, no matter what, that is the divine assurance of the Lord,
During the subtle body visit of Swami to Australia, Sri C. Sreenivas spoke in detail about this unique heart shaped Super Speciality Hospital in Raipur and how it was completed in a record time of 10 months. Swami personally communicated all the relevant details through Madhusudhan Rao Naidu to Sri C. Sreenivas during various stages of this project.
If you drink water from a silver tumbler or a gold tumbler or a glass tumbler, what is most important is that the thirst should be quenched. It is not the tumbler that quenches the thirst, it is the water. As long as there is pure love, whichever organization or whichever group, it does not matter to me. As long as it serves humanity and through service, they will purify themselves. Ocean may be very big, but even if you have a small boat, you will be able to cross over the ocean. You don’t need to get as big a boat as is the ocean. Likewise, even a few good people can take people across. A few good people is all that is required, who are self sacrificing, who have no other motive other than helping others. If you help others, I will help you. – Subtle Body Discourse KL 13th March 2015
During the inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Centre for Human Excellence, Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli on 19th June, 2014, he explained why he left His physical body and revealed His future vision for Sathya Sai Education.
My mission is not just education. Mission is transformation. The students and teachers should remember that we have to learn here not only Apara Vidya – material education, but also Para Vidya – spiritual education, which grants Self Realisation.
SUBTLE BODY DISCOURSE 19-JUN-2014 (<- click here to download)
The best way to spread Swami’s teachings is to reach out and spread his Love in the form of selfless service. He has earmarked these areas: Educare (Vidya), Healthcare (Vaidya) and Sociocare by providing Clean drinking water (Vaari) and Clean energy (Vidyuth) to the masses. Swami wants us to become that lamp of selfless love that lights another thousand lamps.
“Develop Truth and Love. Everything will be added to you, unasked. Man and God (Nara and Narayana) are the two wires – the positive and the negative, that combine to bring electricity through. Man (Nara) will become the instrument of God (Narayana), if you have acquired the two qualities, Divine Love and Truth.” – Sri Sathya Sai Baba Divine Discourse, July 25, 1958.
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