Volume 6 - Issue 02
FEBRUARY - 2008
- Feedback from our readers on the January issue
Dear H2H Editorial Team:
Sairam! Congratulations on producing a delectable and wonderful cover story on Professor Kasturi. I had the privilege and the good fortune of meeting this wonderful personality in my formative years as a Bal Vikas student and as a young adult. For many of us in the Sai family, Professor Kasturi was the prism through which we first glimpsed the multitude of colours of Sai's glory and grandeur. Chinna Katha - one of my all time favourites - is a book that I return to constantly for insight, inspiration, and illumination. This book would not have seen the light of the day but for the loving and painstaking efforts of Professor Kasturi. The stories from Chinna Katha have come to my rescue many a time in life's journey - if only to apply a soothing ethereal balm that helps me endure the ephemeral. Since becoming a Bal-Vikas teacher, I have narrated many of the Chinna Katha stories to my students who have experienced similar joy and delight upon hearing these stories.
The contribution of Professor Kasturi is not easy to estimate and neither is it easy to describe the multi-faceted personality that he was. That your team has painstakingly researched and uncovered the multitude of reflections of this exemplar of a personality is patently evident in the text, pictures, and audio clips that are part of this inspiring cover story. May Swami bless you with more opportunities to uncover such personalities on your cover story.
Allow me to leave you with a small personal anecdote that only illustrates the evolution that is inevitable when one is fortunate to spend one's time in the crucible of Sai. My father - Dr. Vijai Kumar of Chennai - was closely associated with Dr. Murthy (Son of Professor Kasturi). When Dr. Murthy passed away - quite unexpectedly - at a relatively young age, my father called upon Professor Kasturi in Prashanthi Nilayam to offer condolences. To my father's surprise, it was Professor Kasturi who offered condolences to my father saying "Poor fellow, you lost your friend, isn't it."
Not only was a father's grief conspicuous in its absence, the father had transcended grieving at a personal level to be able to see and feel the grief of another person. Such thinking and such disposition is exemplary and is evidence of him having Swami in the forefront of his awareness at all times. Thank you once again and looking forward to such inspiring stories in future.
With Loving Sairam to all of you,
Sairam H2H team,
The cover story on Prof. Kasturi was an absolutely delightful read. The format was also refreshing with video clips neatly tucked in between. Could you please continue this 'Old is Gold' series with cover stories on stalwarts in the Sai Mission.
It is very encouraging to read about the strong faith and confidence that these devotees showed and how they put into practice Bhagavan's teachings to the letter. Also, it was encouraging to read the responses that Bhagavan gave to some queries posed to Him early on. Those kind of 'punch lines' that He gives 'punches' the answer into the questioner's heart.
- H2H reader
Dear Heart2Heart Team: Sai Ram!
I have read your story on Prof. Kasturi and thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminds me of Mother Theresa's love and yearning for Jesus (from her letters published in "Mother Theresa - Come Be My Light"). Thank you for posting the clips from talks given by him - being of the younger generation, I was never fortunate to hear any of his talks.
You ask at the end of your story whether we feel inspired or helped in any way, and the answer is ‘yes’ to both questions. It is so easy today to lose faith, hope and love - even with Swami here with us - because we sway so quickly towards what we know and what is familiar and lose sight of what is truly important. Prof. Kasturi's complete trust, faith, love and devotion to Swami is a reminder to me of all the things that I need to develop in my own life. His story gives us a glimpse of Swami's love for us, even though I admit I don't always understand it.
Om Sri Sai Ram,
Dear Prof Venkataraman and the blessed H2H Team,
This month’s cover story on Sai’s Kasturi was absolutely soul stirring. In fact words fail me in describing the feelings in my heart. The yearning in our hearts to be dear to Swami has been multiplied an infinite fold. Blessed indeed are the fortunate few who had the good fortune of meeting this dear devotee of the Lord and who witnessed the love between the Lord and His beloved devotee - like the love between Lord Krishna and the gopis in the Srimad Bhagavatam.
May Swami shower His abundant grace on each one of you, for bringing to us such wonderful, elevating, transforming, episodes of Sai Love. With most loving and humble pranams at the lotus feet of our ever present Swami,
At the outset, I wish everybody at Radio Sai a very Happy New Year. The Journal is par excellence, the article on Shri Kasturi really brought tears to my eyes. I felt the prayer written by Bhagavan to Himself (for Kasturiji) is equally applicable to all of us. I express my sincere gratitude to Swami for letting all this happen and to you all at Radio Sai and H2H for your wonderful efforts.
Mohan K. Rao
Sai Ram Dear Heart2Heart Team,
I just read Sai's Kasturi from start to finish - I could not leave the computer. Your story brought tears of joy to my eyes. We are indeed lucky to be living in this time of the Sai Avatar. Your work is professional, inspiring and sincerely appreciated. Thank you.
John B. ( Australia )
Dear All at Radio Sai,
As I read on 1st of Jan 2008 the cover story on Kasturi, It brought tears to my eyes and also made me realise the greatness of our Sai, His kindness and love for His devotees.
I love reading all your journals. I read them in the morning and again in the night. I'm thankful to you and Baba for letting me read His messages on a daily basis. Words cannot express what great service you are doing. I read an article about Prof. Kasturi and I compare your service to his.
You bring Baba to my home everyday. Baba is my love, my life, my mother, and I see Him through your articles. Sai Ma bless you all for this enormous service you are providing. I always prayed to Baba to come to my home so that I could hear Him, see Him and your daily emails have almost fulfilled that.
Sai Ram to the Heart2Heart Team,
I hope by Swami's grace this will come out in the form of a book let so that devotees who have no ready access to the electronic media can treasure this article in their Sai Literature. Jai Sai Ram.
Dear Brothers and H2H Team, Sai Ram.
Words fail me to express my feelings on going through your presentation of the lead article on Swami and Sri Kasturi. I was transported to Prashanthi Nilayam. Swami has blessed you all as His instruments to educate us all about his divine love and His grace. I can only say thank you very much.
The cover story on Kasturi's beautiful life is too good. The feeling was similar to the one I got seeing the huge sets the Brindavan boys put up scene after scene in the Kabir drama on January 13. So huge, so grand, so intricate, so beautiful - they blow you away. It makes you wonder - is it possible? Such extraordinary results are achieved when we let go the 'i' and let the 'I' take over. All extraordinary results need the factor of 'let go' to let the higher source work through. Appreciate the labour that would have gone into making this. May His Blessings and Grace be always with you.
Sairam H2H Team,
Reading the cover story of our beloved Kasturi led me to discover the love of a devotee for the Lord. I was reading the article for almost 2 hours......many times I could not follow the script being interrupted by tears in my eyes...such was the vibration in my heart. The life line of the great soul has awakened my heart and imprinted with life and love for Swami's Mission.
I thank Swami for giving the world such fragrance to inspire every devotee of this age...it’s really heart touching to read the narrations and listen to the reactions of many. I pray Swami to make this H2H Journal play a lead role in moulding lives of many...let your sacred writings make us all to be sacred instruments in His Hands...let your inspiring articles throw an insight in our hearts to do His work. Let your nectarine thoughts be source of inspiration for many around the globe.
C. S. Balachandra Sunku,
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Jai Sai Ram to all at H2H,
Just thought that I would write a few words on this very inspirational story. I have got so many problems in life, but after reading this article, I feel that they have all vanished into thin air. Especially the last line: ‘tell your problems how big your God is'. I leave all my problems in Baba's hands. Thank you very much for writing this story and I think that you all are doing a fantastic job.
Jai Sai Ram
Shakuntala Taank, UK
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Dear Heart to Heart,
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This story is a great eye opener. After reading this, I feel my son (17 years) is also undergoing the same empty feeling. Probably many youngsters are feeling the emptiness of our education system which has dumped them with mostly irrelevant information and not the art of living this life. I pray to Swami to guide them towards blissful living.
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Dear Friends in Sai,
That was superb! Of course we want more of the same. Swami’s message is unstoppable, unarguable, and obviously meaningful to every denomination. All roads lead to the top of Mount Everest even if they appear different on the way. And there, at the top, stands Love, what else!
And love to you.
Om Sai Ram
Jacqueline Trost MA,
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The article on Russia was a very beautiful one. It was nice to see Dr. Nikhila Pandya being interviewed at your studio. She was one of the doctors who came for the Malawi camp also. It’s also very interesting to hear experiences of various people, especially the old students. Thank you all very much at Radio Sai and h2h for the effort you are putting in to give Sai devotees all over the world an insight of what’s happening in Prasanthi.
Thank you for such wonderful and heart warming episodes that you send us. We are very far away in a small island in the Pacific yet after reading about the happenings in Parthi I feel as I am there personally witnessing the happenings. I feel so very close to Swami all the time and as He is omnipresent; we don’t doubt this. Please keep up the good work and let us keep in touch with Swami through your media.
Jai Sai Ram,
We all have different paths. As for myself, all I can say is that reading about Swami brings me very close to Him. I try to avoid TV and reading negative news and I find Swami keeps me alive in the heart. I am often surprised because the sentiments that rise in me by Swami are ones I had no idea I had. Spiritual love can sure be buried deep underneath in the Kali age.
Loving Sai Ram to the whole Heart 2 Heart team.
We wish you all a very happy New Year. We wish to convey our thankfulness and gratitude for the wonderful work you are doing. You keep us connected with Divinity everyday and "Sai Inspires" is inspiring us and helping us to improve ourselves everyday. Again, thank you. You are Sai's instruments and are serving Him directly by bringing to the entire world His Divine Teachings and Messages. You are indeed blessed.
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