Open your hearts to experience divinity
by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy
Like how Lord Krishna built Dwaraka from scratch, Swami built Prashanthi Nilayam and Brindavan ashrams from scratch. And for those of us who weren’t fortunate to participate in those missions, we have another window of an opportunity now to witness yet another divine mission unfold.
From the architectural design and layout of each building in every campus to its erection, everything was overseen and executed by none other than Swami Himself! While anyone can imagine and write the plans on the paper, its execution in time can truly be the work of divine only. For instance, when we started working on the plans, we realized that they cost huge money. Just think, can a Narasimha Murthy alone raise enough funds for such plans? It is anybody’s guess that it is not possible for me, or for that matter, any individual, to plan and execute such wonderful projects for humanity.
So, who then is doing it? It is the doing of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who in His subtle form. While He is unseen, all His actions and activities are seen! When Swami went to see the construction sites in Muddenahalli – there is construction going on here too – He told our engineer that He has a lot more work for him, and that the work will never stop in Muddenahalli. It will keep on happening. For a moment, just imagine. Who can say such things? Can Narayana Rao say it? Can Narasimha Murthy say it? No. It is only Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who can say it!
So, why is He doing such wonderful things? Two years ago, when we were in the car with Swami in London, an interesting conversation took place. Swami while talking to Dr Girish Malhotra, who was driving the car, said “Don’t think I am doing all this to become famous; I am already famous. I need not have to do anything else to become more famous than what I am. I am doing all this for the advent of Prema Sai.”
You may ask, why the 30 schools in each of the districts of Karnataka? Well, because Karnataka has the great fortune of hosting the third Avatar in the series of Sai Avatars, Prema Sai. He is going to come to the Mandya campus that Swami has established – the Sri Satya Sai Sharada Niketanam. “I am doing all this for Prema Sai. This subtle form, till 2022, is the transition between Sathya Sai physical form and Prema Sai physical form,” He had once explained.
This is all very new to most of us. So, how then do we understand all this? There is only one way – open your heart, shut your logic, shut your brain. Why? Because all this is beyond logic. Such a thing has never happened before – there is no precedent. Swami in one of the Maha Shivarathri discourses had said that such an Avatar has never come before and wouldn’t come in the future too.
Let us all continue to pray in our hearts. Swami is available to each of us on the inner net. Swami says, “Now I am in the subtle form and am taking My Mission forward. I am always with you, I am always near you. Only you have to come near Me. But you need to have the qualification”. He then elaborates further, “What is the qualification? A pure heart and a sacred life suffused with selfless love. Take to selfless service then you will know Sathya Sai Baba in the subtle form.”
We needn’t be a scientist like Einstein to understand the subtle form of Swami. He is beyond the mind and the intellect. All we need to do is surrender and fall at His feet, to realize that He is very much near us and with us.
Sri. B N Narasimha Murthy, fondly called as Murthy Anna, has been one among those blessed with the fortune of serving Bhagawan and His mission for many years. He hails from Loka Seva Vrinda, an order of committed youngsters founded by Sri Madiyal Narayana Bhatt, an eminent educationist of Karnataka in India. The Loka Seva Vrinda established two schools at Alike and Muddenahalli in the 1960s, both of which were run under the direct guidance of Bhagawan Baba.
Sri Narasimha Murthy was chosen by Bhagawan to serve as the Warden of Sathya Sai Hostel in Brindavan Campus of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Whitefield, near Bangalore in India. In his four-decade service stint as Warden, he moulded many thousands of students on to the path of educare, while nurturing their character. Bhagawan also gave him the rare opportunity to continue "Sathyam Sivam Sundaram", His official biography, which was earlier authored by Prof. N Kasthuri. Sri Murthy has also authored the book "Sri Sathya Sai Divya Kripashraya”, an autobiographical account of his formative years and the development of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva institutions.
He continues to play a seminal role in Baba’s mission, and currently serves as the Chief Mentor of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Institutions.
These articles are based on his various speeches made in the Divine presence.
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