Sai Ram and greetings from
October has come and is
about to go. The beginning of the month saw an unexpected and global
flutter about Swami giving a Cosmic Darshan. We do not have to
recall all that since much has been said already. [Currently, there
seems to be a second innings to that incident with Swami in the
Moon!] Anyway, that event passed and soon it was the Navarathri
season, which opened as usual with a quiet non-stop Puja in the
Mandir for Devi the Universal Mother. Simultaneously, Grama Seva,
now in its eighth year running, commenced, covering about 150
villages and neighbouring hamlets , involving distribution to
thousands of households. In all, about half a million food packets
were distributed, as also tens of thousands of sarees and dhotis.
Soon after the Navarathri (Dasara) season commenced, so did the
annual Yajna performed for Universal Peace, with the daily
proceedings this time being duly adapted to suit Swami’s somewhat
flexible routine. At last, everyone has come to realise that Swami’s
body cannot be taxed with punishing schedules as earlier, and that
we must learn to discipline ourselves as also be thankful for what
we are blessed with. The evenings saw the usual quota of speech
making. Apart from the regular speakers, we had one or two new
voices too which gave fresh viewpoints.
In the midst of all the traditional pre-occupations, 20th October
came and went by WITH HARDLY ANY NOTICE BY ANYONE WHATSOEVER! One
wonders how many even remember what 20th October is all about. And,
as if to drive home the point, Swami’s Discourse on 21st October,
the concluding day of the festival, began with a pointed reference
to the Shirdi Avatar. Swami reminded the audience that it was on the
Vijaya Dasami day that God brought the curtain down on His earlier
incarnation as the Avatar of Shirdi, with the promise to come back
It is amazing how quickly we tend to get defocused these days, with
the mobile phone ever ready to distract our attention. In the Gita
the Lord says that Avatars come to teach man a lesson, in fact the
same lesson imparted earlier. God comes again to do a revision
course when the earlier teachings have been forgotten, making it
necessary to revisit ancient wisdom once more.
All that was in the good old days, as they say. But in this Kali
Age, we have become “very efficient”! We are learning to forget God
and His Message even while the Avatar is here. Actually, we need not
even bother to make any serious effort to forget. One short command
suffices: CONTROL-ALT- DELETE - Long live Windows!
In His Discourse on 21st October, Swami said, “All of you are the
Embodiments of Sai!” There was the usual applause of course. But one
wonders whether anyone anywhere paid attention to the import of that
statement. What does the statement that all are Sai really mean?
Naturally, different people would tend to interpret that differently
but we here in H2H venture to submit our view.
We believe it means that all of us must act in a manner that would
be in as much conformity as possible with what Swami says and stands
for. Is that happening? That question was actually asked by Prof
Anantaraman, a member of the visiting faculty, in Swami’s
University. Speaking in one of the evening sessions a few days
before Vijaya Dasami, Prof Anantaraman, in a voice dripping with
pain, asked why there is so much selfishness and jealousy in our
hearts, why there is so much in-fighting even within the
Organisation when we all should be highly pro-active in setting
great examples of Sai Love to the world. He ended his
thought-provoking talk with the words, “The time has come when we
have to seriously ask ourselves if we really deserve Swami?”
Tough talk, but a pertinent and meaningful question nevertheless –
so we believe. What do you say? Do please let us know.
Jai Sai Ram.