Skip to main content

Come back, Sathya!

It is not the magician that I fell deeply in love with, as much as I did with a little Brahmin boy called Sathya. Even as a child, He always put his happiness on the backburner because He believed that making His little friends happy and the villagers happy is far more important. He  would take mangoes, oranges and whatever fruits they asked for from a single tree. They loved him for his miracles and I loved Sathya for the smiles he brought around in their little hearts, for serving their happiness with such unconditional love. 

Sometimes, I felt jealous I was not one among them, not blessed enough to taste one of those magical moments that marked the early beginnings of a glorious life. Of course today, it is the magician the world is more interested in than the remarkable spirit of love that beloved Sai gave this world by transforming young and old hearts to one simple message - Love all, Serve all.

When the young Sathya told a foreigner and showed the exact places in Puttaparthi where He would establish the Superspecialty hospital, colleges and mandir, the person thought that this was the fanciful thinking of a poor village boy.

Years later, when Sathya told this to those who believed in Him, even they were finding it difficult to believe such a thing could be made possible. Sai Sankalpa is vajra sankalpa, they were told. Nothing and no body can stand in its way. 

Young Sathya's mother feared that she would lose Him to the hordes of devotees who were insisting that He should go to other countries. Knowing her agony, He gave her a promise that He would remain in Puttaparthi. The word that He kept was not for His mother but for this motherland. This country is where He chose to be throughout His life. This is that sacred soil on which He chose to live his life. As Indians, we never really respected or cared about it much. 

I am mentioning this because when I wanted to go to the UK for further studies from Africa, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba told my sister, not once but thrice, "Tell her to come back to India. Tell her come back to India."

I came back to India only because of Baba. I am staying because of my love and promise to Him. I will keep my word to Him as long as I live. And the truth is, I don't want to go anywhere. He lived here in this country, and so will I.

These buildings that He established are situated in the very same spots he had first pointed out. The fanciful thinking of a village boy, indeed! More importantly, these institutions served people who are ill, in need of help and care. 

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Services was established for the people of India. With its 11 Operation Theaters, state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for all, it enabled people to have access to the best doctors and the finest health care services without spending a paisa at all. This has continued for more than 20 years. 

Did the magic cease? Did the magician swindle your money or property and disappear? Sorry to disappoint but the magic's still there and so's everything else. No person is charged money, no person is asked to change his caste, belief or religion and no one is asked to pledge their beliefs and belongings to avail these free educational and health care facilities. In a way, yes, you can call it magic, if that's the best way to describe it.

The young Sathya used to carry on his frail shoulders pots of water to give the householders in his village because they had no proper access to water. Decades later, He brought forward water to 731 villages in Anantapur District, 320 villages in Medak, 500 villages in East and West Godavari districts. For the people of Chennai who were suffering terrible water supply shortage, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba ensured water supply to 10 million people. 

The life of Sathya was always under threat. At least thrice, he was poisoned and He suffered the pain knowing exactly who did it and never naming those who had. The media and the nation didn't care then but the devotees did. That faith, that trust - that is under speculation today after all these years.

The little village boy called Sathya declared at the age of fourteen that He is an Avatar and is destined to change the destiny of many by one simple message - Love all, Serve all.
Truth is that whether we knew him or not, He served humanity with total love.  Millions of people benefited from His service activities whether they knew him or not. 


Doubting Thomases have always existed and they have been remembered for what they represent. We have a choice. We can still insult and call him a magician and curse him. We can take joy about the scandals and controversies that we enjoyed reading about Him. Some one you know, love or care about has loved Him deeply. Maybe that doesn't matter, but we can still pray fervently for a miracle. 

Remember, Jesus Christ could have saved Himself. He chose not to. That was not cowardice. That was a choice that left the world with a message that continues to inspire - the resurrection.

Comments

Vivek said…
Really a touching article. Its really pity that people are shouting against Baba. He never asked them to follow him. He always say Love all Serve all. But its sad that those who are making the fuss are not the true disciples. The true disciple will never behave what we are seeing on the media. The media have great role in creating the so called tension. The need of the hour is to let him be alone. GOod virtues always stays in the world forever
Nandini said…
Very touching indeed....
harimohan said…
Dear Swapna
Iam touched by your deep devotion to Swami .
His blessings would be with you always

Most Popular Posts

The Ugly Truth about Caste in Kerala

Many years ago, when I wrote this post on Kerala's caste system, I had not considered the possibility that my thoughts and my personal journey would receive such online abuse or that I would be seen as some one who was trying to insult other castes. The intention of writing is always to share an experience and not to insult others. My experience of motherhood and marriage would be different from yours. When I write about my experience, it is illogical to shout that as being insulting to your experience because our journeys are entirely different narratives. 

My question is - why do you ABUSE any caste or person here? You are free to disagree but why do you ABUSE? How does that reflect on YOU?

In my article, I shared what trials I went through, without any intention to insult any community.The intention of my article is to question - why are we even exchanging insults over an issue called caste? 

Should we not be aspiring to be above caste considerations instead of abusing each other …

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: Meaning, Benefit of Chanting and Who can Chant the Mantra

Mahadmrityunjaya Mantra: Benefit of chanting this mantra nee

There are very few mantras that are as powerful as the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra. Do read my post: Does Mahamrityunajaya mantra really work?Of course, it does but you need to undertstand the meaning and significance of the mantra first.
This mantra is believed to have the power to remove all sufferings, diseases and bestow the one who chants it with good health and long life. It is also believed that constant contemplation of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can help spiritual aspirants to overcome the cycle of birth and death.
What got me fascinated about this mantra is something personal.  I learned this mantra from my father but it is my maternal grandmother who chanted it all the time and repeatedly told me of its tremendous power to protect. However, I did not chant this mantra regularly. [ Do READ: THE POWER OF LOVE]
But at the age of two, my son was taught some mantras by my mother who explained what it means to him and he becam…

Amazing Signs You are an Earth Angel

Doreen Virtue’s book, “Assertiveness for Earth Angels” brings to life the reality of Earth Angels in very easy way. It’s an exciting must-read! 

[DO READ: The POWER OF LOVE]

Earth Angels have amazing superpowers in: MusicArtsWriting HealingManifesting miracles for others such as controlling weather conditions and  becoming invisible at will.
[MUST READ: A Dad's Advice to the Daughter He loves]
DO READ: ASK MORE, FEAR LESS.

How to Identify Earth Angels by their Traits
To know whether you are an Earth Angel, take a look at their known traits that are explained in this book:


You have a graceful and compassionate aura that inspires people.Your presence “lifts” everyone to happier spirits – it is proof of who you really are.You don’t judge others but you overdo the “acceptance” bit. So, you tolerate even those who show no respect for boundaries.You cannot stand anyone suffering or being in pain. You are constantly “rescuing people” because it is in your nature to want to see everyone happy in …

Sage Tiruvalluvar's golden advice on how friendship affects your life

Ruzbeh N Bharucha's latest book, ICE with Very Unusual Spirits, is a book that I have absolutely enjoyed reading. While reading every chapter, I began to contemplate a lot on the friendships in my life, as the book blends in some of the most valuable teachings of Sage Tiruvalluvar and Sai Baba of Shirdi. The essence of the book revolves around true friendship and how it can make us not just more human but it can make us divine beings too.




As human beings, we thrive on friendship. These days, I've started wondering, ''Is there real friendship out there?'' From experiences that span four decades now (yeah, I am that old!), I am beginning to wonder about the authenticity of most ''friendships.'' [Do read: How to Console a Friend who Lost her Spouse]

A friend whom we knew since childhood days invites us home for dinner but when we visit, we don't get served dinner, but popcorn. Our mistake? We arrived in an auto, instead of a taxi (it is a differe…

Why love matters - Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh has an amazing insight to share!

What is love? It means different things to different people. 

Have you thought about it? Do read: POWER OF LOVE

When a mother loves her child, have you noticed that the mother's love doesn't change with time or place or even when a child does not reciprocate it? 

Perhaps there is none of the ''my happiness', 'my priority', 'my desires' sort of mentality in the relationship. There is an element of being desireless, in the sense, that the mother wants no material or physical gain from the relationship. The mother may have big dreams of her child becoming X,Y and Z but not necessarily to materially benefit from this. Being itself is enough. 'Being a Mother' is tinged with a sense of happiness despite all the daily struggles and challenges that it brings.

Typically a mother is so engrossed and involved in raising her child, without a sense of a separation of the Self. In a sense, everything else ceases to matter. That kind of love doesn't change…

Ravi Shankar Etteth's novel 'The Brahmin' unravels secrets and mysteries of Mauryan Empire under Emperor Asoka

Set with thrilling historical details and unforgettable characters, Ravi Shankar Etteth's novel 'The Brahmin' kept me glued from start to finish.  The story of 'The Brahmin' revolves around a skillful and ruthless spymaster of Emperor Asoka's court, whose intelligence and cunning helps him to unravel a dangerous mystery of the 'Blood Flower' unfolding across the corridors of power.  


What is it about 'The Brahmin' that allows him to be treated almost an equal by Emperor Asoka?  He even commands the respect of Queen Asandhimitra, who comes to his advice as a friend. Her emotional dependence on 'the Brahmin' is clear as crystal, further strengthened in the narrative through scenes where it seems that she secretly adores the man who can safeguard her husband's powerful empire as well as command the loyalty of Greek soldiers like Antochlius.
More interestingly, the portrayal of powerful and fearless women warriors like Hao and beautiful en…

A Book Review: Custody by Manju Kapur

Manju Kapur's fifth novel – following her highly acclaimed works such as Difficult Daughters (1998) and The Immigrant (2009) – explores the tumultous relationships once again set in the thriving, upper-middle-class colonies of Delhi in the mid-90s. The story thrives against the backdrop of the initial surge of foreign investment in India. The very first chapter of the book begins to enthrall a reader with the couple's love making scene. 

The only glitch is this: it is a married woman having a romantic adventure with her husband's boss. Cheesy as it may seem, the book sets itself apart by diving straight into the troubled waters yet without taking any sides, revealing once again the mark of a true family writer.


Extramarital affair breaks a solid marriage Shagun, the green-eyed beautiful wife of Raman, falls in love with his charismatic, handsome boss Ashok Khanna, who has never been in love before and is determined to possess the woman he now loves. It does not matter to him …

Mumbai Police Movie Review: Prithviraj breaks the typical 'hero' mold, challenges sexual stereotyping

Exploring a completely different dimension in his latest film Mumbai Police, Director Rosshan Anddrews delivers a fast-paced, thriller film after his award winning fims such as Udayananu Tharam, Notebook and others.



To flesh out the script written by Boby Sanjay, Rosshan Anddrews ropes in actors such as Prithviraj, Rahman and Jayasurya to portray three police officers: Antony Moses, Farhan and Aryan respectively.
The story begins with a phone call that Antony Moses (starring Prithviraj) makes to Farhan (starring Rahman) saying that he has solved the murder mystery of Aryan (starring Jayasurya). Just as he says this, there is an accident and Antony Moses loses his memory. From then, Farhan's attempt is to take Antony through people and places that are likely to trigger his memory so that they can solve the murder of their close friend and colleague Aryan. A series of events happen, almost hurtling us towards it.
And I am taking the liberty to hand out trophies for the following:
'M…

Top 10 Skincare tips for Summer

Come summer, and we women worry a lot about how the sun lashes out on our skin. True, skincare tips for the summer are plenty but what about the hushed secrets - yes, those tried and tested family secrets that are passed on from mother to daughters? [ALSO READ: How to NEVER EVER GIVE UP on the spiritual path]

FOLLOW MY BOARDS ON PINTEREST

Here are some that are totally easy to do. Best of all, these are effective and bring on a feel-good factor in the peak of summer.

1. Replace water with rosewater. It keeps your skin luminous and fragrant throughout the day. It's a good toner too.

2. Cleanse your skin by combining these ingredients - honey, milk, rosewater/rosepetals and turmeric. Add a dash of olive oil and yes, it feels wonderful.

3. Almond oil body baths are a must-have! You will smell delicious all day. This summer, skip all those body lotions & moisturizers! You will love the way almond oil pampers your skin all day!

4. Use a mixture of almond oil and olive oil for your fe…

Gayatri Mantra as Panchamukhi: Get it right or let it go

Most people do not understand the importance of chanting the Gayatri mantra because they are not aware of its power. It is only when I began to read Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's teachings that I learned how sacred and powerful the chanting of the Gayatri mantra is.
The Vedas represent the breath of God. The Gayatri mantra is the very basis of the Vedas. Try not to undertake chanting the Gayatri mantra as a light endeavor or as a hobby. It has to be chanted with faith, discipline and purity of mind and body. Be steady with your sadhana if you want to reap the spiritual dividend associated with the Gayatri mantra  and never once hesitate once you decide to do it.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba said that the Gayatri Mantra is referred to as Pancha Mukhi, the Goddess with five faces that represent the five pranas or life forces. Here's more on it.


Chant the Gayatri Mantra correctly: Pause Five Times Here are some important things to keep in mind while chanting the Gayatri mantra:

1. Wh…