This section chronicles the experiences of devotees with Swami in the Subtle Form.

MY MOTHER SAI

The era of the advent of an avatar is no ordinary time. Lucky are we to be chosen by Him to be His contemporaries. I believe it must be by the merits I have acquired in my previous lives that I was born in a family in which Bhagawan was their Master.

Anyatha Sharanam Nasti – Ms. Sunitha

She knew not where she was getting pulled, and who He was, but she felt unflinchingly drawn towards Him. The story of how Ms Sunitha Dodda, who works in Dubai came to Bhagawan is a divine concoction of grace and prayer. She had never seen or experienced Bhagawan in His physical form. But since she came to know of Him in April 2011, she did everything in her power to experience for herself, what she had missed earlier

Hridayanivasi Sai – Jeevanresh PS and Dr P Rachana

Swami only knows when and how to draw a person towards Him. Not by luck or coincidence, but only through His infinite grace and pure love does a soul get beckoned.

Read on to know how this devotee couple together have transformed their lives and work as a worship to Swami. They are active participants in the seva activities undertaken at Sai Hridayam, Dubai.

SAI – MY VERY BREATH

It was in January 2015 that Ms Sindhu Vinod first heard about Swami in His subtle body visiting Dubai. Even though she didn’t completely understand the concept, she went for the Satsangh, driven by an inner urge to witness this phenomenon. And life, she confesses, hasn’t been the same.

Seva has since become her sole motivation, following Swami’s teachings her life purpose and Sai, her very breath. Read on to know more about Sindhu’s journey of finding her God, both within and without.

Sai – the Rainbow in my Heart

The physical form was not there, it was true, but something much stronger than that was present. His infinite love, the thrill that only He awoke in the heart were the same! Our heart could not be wrong: we had found and recognised our beloved Swami! Now, it all made sense! If we truly believe that Swami is God, then He can definitely manifest Himself in a subtle form. Nothing is impossible for God!

When the Indweller revealed Himself

Both my brother and I experienced tremendous joy and were wonder struck at some of the interesting life lessons that were taught and discussed there. The explanation of SMART Goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound and the rich, spiritually-significant statement – I to We to He – influenced me immensely.

Bhaktodharaka Sai

By the time my family returned home, I could see that shock had set in. While they tried to gather their wits, the one question that lingered in all our minds was why it had happened to them! My mother was crying out to Swami, and I could see that they were all visibly upset by the incident.

My Incredible Sai – both within and without

While attending the youth meet was only a pretext to come to Muddenahalli and see Swami for me, it offered me more than that. I was privy to such rich spiritual talks and speeches, that it left an indelible mark on my personality. Listening to Bhagawan’s discourses made me realise the importance of the opportunity I had been bestowed with and I decided to soak into the spiritual extravaganza, as much as I could.

From Shirdi Sai to Sathya Sai

In the dream, Shirdi Baba, garbed in a white robe, appeared before me and started scolding me for not believing in the triple avatarhood! He then explained the concept to me, quoting words and lines from the very Sai Satcharitra that I swore by. “What is it that you doubt when I am present in all the living forms in this universe, I am present in all the saints and the gurus. Open your inner eyes and you shall see this truth.”

When you think of God, He thinks of you too

It isn’t said in vain that we should believe to experience and experience to continue believing. The story of this Sai Youth from Canada reinforces just that. It’s a timely reminder that there are no co-incidences in the life of a Sai devotee; every incident is divinely ordained and planned to precision by Bhagawan Himself. Read on to find out how Bhagawan touched the life of this young man, and proved to him that He is indeed the indweller of his heart. Read more

Sai – My Divine Counsellor

When Deepika, a Sai Youth from Bangalore was at major crossroads in her academic life, Bhagawan came to her aid, guiding her to make the right decision. While she came to Swami as a young Bal Vikas student, it was only in the later years that she cemented a loving relationship with Him. She is currently pursuing her engineering degree in Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore.

In this article she shares her experiences with Swami and the divine lessons He taught her through them. Read on:

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When Faith moves mountains… (Part 2)

Sai Prasad says that though he has pain, he has no suffering as Swami appears to him and speaks to him every day! He also confesses that Swami is like a fun-loving friend to him – a young Swami bubbling with energy! Every morning, Swami wakes him up for Suprabhatam chanting!

When Faith moves mountains… (Part 1)

He was now determined to please His Lord at every opportunity. So, despite his critical health condition – the left part of his body was paralyzed by then – he did not miss any opportunity to play harmonium during bhajans at Muddenahalli as well as various other Sai Centers

Follow HIS Words to Transform Your Life

My heart is now full of love and I am truly grateful for the Sai-filled life He has blessed me with. And as if to acknowledge it, Swami once appeared at our home, in front of my wife and said “Ashish ko bolna, I am very happy with his seva. (Tell Ashish that I am very happy with his service).”

Blood Cancer Cancelled

Swami’s compassion is usually described in a cliche as being “boundless”. We use this term freely, without fully understanding the meaning. Our mind, limited and selfishly limiting by nature, can never ever truly comprehend the limitless, completely selfless love of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba!

From Sthoola to Sukshma – The Divine Father continues to guide

When the Divine Director scripts your story, it can be nothing but perfect. The story of Sri S Kalyanaraman is one such, suffused with divine benediction and guidance.

Born in a small village in Tanjore district, Tamil Nadu, Sri S Kalyanaraman worked as an Electrical Engineer for the Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board before retiring in the year 2008. He came to Swami’s fold in the late 1960s and has since dedicated his life to serving his Lord.

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He is in our Hearts

Swami

Bharani Prasad is an alumnus of Sri Sathya Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus. He graduated in the year 2012, with an MBA Degree and is presently working with a premium chocolatier and is based out of Delhi.

Sai Ram,

I had my first ‘Subtle Experience’ in Oct 2014. I was so enamoured by Swami’s “subtleness” that I made trips to Muddenahalli in November and again in December. During our interaction on 5th Dec, Swami made it very clear that there was no point going to Prasanthi Nilayam or Muddenahalli repeatedly, if we do not make efforts to experience Him in our own hearts. Our visits to holy places are to recharge our batteries so that we experience Him wherever we are and in whatever we do. In short, realize that He is always with us and within us.

When I asked Swami, as to how we could experience Him from Delhi, He said “Go to Delhi; Have good company; Involve yourself in selfless seva; Do bhajans and spread the fragrance of love to everyone around”. I was charged up to experience him in my heart and promised to myself that I would not go back to Parthi or Muddenahalli until I feel his presence in my heart.

I was back to Delhi and made conscious efforts to attend bhajans whenever possible and also participated in blanket distribution for the poor. There was absolute joy in sharing our love with those who had nothing but sky as their roofs. I was thrilled and wanted to get involved in more seva activities. However, I got busy with work and had very little time to devote for Seva. I was feeling bad that I was not getting enough time for Seva.

Exactly about a year ago I had met a spiritual master in Vrindavan who told us that Swami would be very happy if we can convert our daily works into worship. The words “When duty becomes God, work becomes worship” somehow stuck a deep chord in me. Around the same time, I also heard a discourse where Swami was mentioning that we should never differentiate between ‘our work’ and ‘God’s work’. He was saying that everything was indeed God’s work and the attitude towards work was more important. Now that I was not getting an opportunity to do ‘seva’, I thought I should try and convert my work into worship.

Coincidentally at the same time, I was moved out of the head office and was placed in one of our cafes for a project. (I work for a chocolate company and we have our own cafes where we sell chocolates, beverages and food). My work predominantly involved market analysis, understanding our customers and finding ways to delight our customers. I thought this was a great opportunity to share my love and very soon I got involved in the store operations, though it was not my main responsibility. I started making coffee, attending to the guests on table, greeting them, understanding their needs, etc. I imagined that Swami is coming in different forms as customers and it was important to attend to each customer just the way we would attend to Swami.

My work became easier and blissful. I smiled at them wholeheartedly, served the food to customers as Swami’s prasadam and I had no qualms in cleaning the tables, lifting the used plates, etc. I did this for one whole month and every day I used to be very satisfied and contented. Before going to sleep I would think of how customers would smile back at us when we smiled at them wholeheartedly. Those happy smiles were my daily rewards and my heart danced every time I recapitulated those smiles. I realized that I could attend to our customers easily as I viewed them to be embodiments of Swami and obviously there were no judgments/opinions about their looks, dress, accent, etc. I just loved and all I got was love in return.

I applied the same logic to my personal life as well. Very soon I made new friends who were very different from me but with whom, I could connect easily. My relationship with everyone got better as I was being less judgmental and more accepting. Every time my friends or customers would compliment me, I would say “Thank you Swami, I hope I have made You proud”.

I made a presentation of the project findings to the management and they all appreciated the efforts and the work done. By Swami’s grace I also got a new job responsibility and was rewarded with a pay hike. I just didn’t know how to thank Swami. The love that I was receiving from everyone- my colleagues/roommate/friends/family was so immense that I used to be filled with tears at this very thought. I was then sure that these tears of joy were proof that I was experiencing Him from within.

Soon I was travelling to Bangalore to spend time with family and I thought I should visit Muddenahalli and thank Him for all the beautiful lessons that He made me learn in those four months. I also felt that I was entitled to go there as I had experienced Him in my own heart. During my student days in Prasanthi Nilayam, I used to write a lot of letters to Swami. In fact every darshan I used to hold a letter, the same thing continued in Muddenahalli as well. Looking back, these letters had only mundane personal pleas. This time I thought I shouldn’t ask Swami for anything personal. After all He had given me so much without asking.

As Bhajans started I was transported to a different world and was sobbing like a child. I experienced Bliss sitting in Anandam and my heart had only one prayer- “Swami let the love that You have placed in our hearts grow even more and touch more and more lives”. I thought of all the wonderful moments in the past 4 months where I could feel HIS presence. Swami gave His discourse and His message was as old as the hills behind Anandam-“Practice selfless love to experience God”. He went on to say “I came down as an avatar to instill hope and faith in people that God existed. Now I am making you realize that God exists in your own hearts. Prema Sai will make you realize that you are all Gods”. Just imagine the thrill when you experience Him in your own heart and He reiterated that He lives in our hearts.

The discourse ended and Swami started walking towards the devotees. As He was walking I told myself that I won’t ask anything personal to Swami. He looked at me and said “You have come, Very happy”. I asked him about the Summer Course and sought His blessings to get Delhi Youth. He didn’t speak much. Somehow I felt that He should have given more instructions. On the way back I was expecting him to talk on Summer Course but He said “Hey, you come to Kodaikanal this time”. My heart skipped a beat and I just could not control my tears of joy. I quickly went out to a lonely place and thanked Him.

Just a few months back, sitting in my home, I had prayed earnestly to Swami to make me part of the Kodai trip in May. But later, I was in a fix as we had Summer Course on Indian Culture and Spirituality for Indian Youth in the same month and due to office work I could be part of only one trip and I decided to be part of Summer Course( As a Kodai trip would only benefit me, whereas through summer course I could help so many other youth to experience Swami). But our Lord is so compassionate and sweet. When I was thinking of receiving instructions on getting Delhi youth, here He was fulfilling the small but intense desire that I had. It was a clear example of how He takes care of all our needs when we become selfless and when we genuinely want to share love with others.

P.S: One might say that Swami has been insisting right from the beginning that we are divine too. But the difference now is that, He is actually making us realize that God is in our own hearts and that we are God too.

Regards,

Bharani Prasad