Volume 5 - Issue 09
Bhagavan Himself this morning was telling us, “Janthu naam nara janma dhurlabham”. Of all the 84 lakhs of life forms that are possible, the human birth is the crowning piece of God’s creation. Having got such a gift from the Divine, what is our role?
“Why Do I Need to Transform?”
A few years ago, while addressing devotees in Brindavan, Bhagavan said, “I do not want your Bhakthi or Devotion. I want your transformation.” What does Bhagavan mean when He says, “I do not want your Bhakthi?” That devotion which does not lead to transformation is no devotion at all. What He wants is that our love for God should goad us, should prompt us, and should nudge us to action. One of the queries that one of our Sai Youth has expressed is: “Why should we spiritually transform ourselves?” Is it because Swami wants us to transform? Or is it because we must transform?
The Most Ideal Form of Love
One very beautiful aspect that I have experienced and perhaps many of you have also felt the same is this. When we come to Bhagavan, He accepts us as we are, with all the angularity of personality, with all the vagaries of our minds, with all our shortcomings, He accepts us completely as we are. We have lots of problems in accepting Him. We have so many conditions…1, 2, 3, 4. “Swami, if you fulfil this, then I will accept you.” But Swami is unconditional in His Love. But then He gives us what we ask, so that we begin to ask Him for what He has come to give. That is to awaken us to our own reality.
Swami explained, “See, for the last so many days, you have been worrying about my eye. It has come in the natural course of events. And it will go away, in the same way. For the last 60 years of my life, I have never even once used My Divine Powers for Myself. It has always been for the benefit of the students, for devotees. But because you are feeling so much, I give you a solution. As You and I are one, there is no difference between Me and you. This is not My body, this is yours! You pray to Me that I cure the ailment that has come upon this physical frame and I assure you that it will be cured.” It was a great revelation as students to understand that we are truly inheritors of Swami’s spiritual heritage. That is the heritage of every Sai Youth!
What do the letters of the word “SAI” stand for? Swami talks of S.A.I. “S” stands for Spiritual transformation; “A” stands for Association transformation; “I” stands for Individual transformation. And Swami expects each one of us to rise to His expectations.
What Does Bhagavan Expect from Us?
I recall another incident which happened when we were undergraduate students. Swami was explaining the difference between His expectations and the expectations of the parents. He said, “Your parents expect that you study well, get good marks after your education is over, get a good job, a good wife, have good children and accumulate a lot of property. That is the expectation of your parents. My expectation is very different.”
What does Swami expect from us? He said, “Cultivate good thoughts; get a good name”, that is my expectation from you!
“The end of education is character”, Bhagavan has often reminded us. If a Sai Youth does not have character, he loses his right to use the name of Sai, associated with himself. Swami Himself is the embodiment of perfection.
Swami, I tell you, is the greatest psychologist, the greatest psychiatrist. He said, “Bangaru, my dear one, this is the season! If in rainy season, you don’t get rain, when are you going to get the rains?” This is the season!
And then He said, “Do you think that you are the one and sole individual who is afflicted with these thoughts” and he pointed to the entire student community and said, “All are in the same boat, it is only a question of degree. Only you are uttering it with your lips and others are keeping mum.”
Swami has said on other occasions, “When you get that wrong thought, you know it is wrong! You know it is not good for you. What should you do? The bare minimum that we should do is to see that it doesn’t translate into action.”
Sow a thought, reap an action. Don’t allow the body to follow the thought. At the same time, when you get a good thought, there are 101 reasons where we hesitate to translate into action. Maybe the time is not good, or other people may not come forward; so many reasons we have. When you get a good thought, immediately put it into action.
A few weeks later, Swami returned to Brindavan, and suddenly He asked the Warden one day, “Send the boys who take care of that devotee” and when the boys were with Swami, out of the blue, Swami pointed out to that boy and said, “I know that the washerman was away and you personally washed twenty clothes belonging to him” and then He blessed him and filled his hands with gifts.
What I am trying to underline is every good little act you do, in the silence of the night, even if nobody around knows it, God knows and is willing to bless you and recognize you for your effort.
The True Sathya Sai Student
There is also a Question and Answer session following, I will not take more time, but it is a great privilege to be a Sai Youth and to be a Sai Youth is actually an aspiration. The other day I was interacting with some of our students and I asked them the question, “What is the difference between being a Sathya Sai University Student and a Sathya Sai Student?”
This is what a student replied and I like to share it with you: “To be a Sathya Sai University Student is to be a student of Sai for just a few years, during the tenure of your education. To be a Sathya Sai Student is to be a Sai Student for Life!”
Brothers and sisters, let me assure you, if you can make this aspiration your heart’s keenest desire, the Advent of the Lord amidst us will not have been in vain. Jai Sai Ram.
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