INNER VIEW

By Madhusudhan Naidu

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It is said that living with God is true education. This couldn’t have been truer for Sri Madhusudan Rao Naidu. Bestowed with the rare blessing of being able to see, speak to and hear Bhagawan, his life is dedicated to being an instrument in His hands, helping serve and spread Bhagawan’s mission of love and peace in the world.

In this column, we bring to you the little nuggets of spiritual and practical wisdom that the author has witnessed during the interactions of Bhagawan with His Students, Teachers and Devotees.

Become Me!

On another occasion, when somebody asked, "Swami, You have such a grand mission, how can I help You in Your mission?" One would have thought that by being a doctor in the hospital or by being a teacher in the school or by being a volunteer in His Seva projects, one could help Him. But, Swami spoke again to the surprise of all when He said, "You can help Me in My mission by becoming Me, because if one Sai Baba could do so much, then two Sai Babas can do a lot more together!"

Karma Transfer!

"If someone prays selflessly for others, then I can destroy that Karma, just like seeds that get destroyed in the fire, and lose their potency to germinate. Therefore, God is called 'Karma Dhwamsine Namaha - Salutations to the destroyer of Karma'.  So I always tell everyone to pray for all, 'Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavantu - May all beings in all the worlds be happy'. When you pray for all thus, since you are also a part of that 'universal all', you are saved too!"

Atithi Devo Bhava

It was in Ottawa, when the hosts came to serve Swami that He remarked, ''In Indian culture the guest is considered as God and the scriptures say 'Atithi Devo Bhava'. It was a great ideal that everyone lived by. Today you are so fortunate as it's not merely about 'Atithi Devo Bhava' (Guest is God) but it is 'Devo Atithi Bhava' (God is Guest)", He added with a smile."

Lost and Found!

"With Swami you will never get lost anywhere in the world." Overwhelmed, the youth burst out, "Swami I only want to be lost in God." And pat came the reply from Swami, "You can not be LOST in God, you can be only FOUND in God."

All the world is a dream!

"That's true, the deeper the details in the dream, the more convincingly real it appears to be. The more your senses are engaged in this dream, the more real it appears to be. Therefore, the wise ones withdrew their senses from the sense objects and abided in their true selves all the time, so they don't get falsely convinced about its unreal nature."

If you want to know Me...

He heard it, smiled, and leaned a little forward on His recliner sofa, to come closer to my face and whispered, "IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ME, THEN BECOME ME!"

End to End!

It wasn't long ago that in Germany when someone during the Youth Meet asked Swami as to how to introduce Him to the youth who are new, He said, "Tell them I am the servant of servants, and not the Master of Masters".

He finds His people!

In fact I have found each one of you who was lost and brought you here. I travelled from home to home, country to country only to find you and bring you to me.

Your mistake is My opportunity!

See, when I make a mistake it's an opportunity for you, similarly when you make a mistake it's an opportunity for Me! Man's adversity is God's opportunity!