Sri Sathya Sai Vrindawith Love, at His service

Divine Retreat – Kodaikanal – May 14, 2019

As the clouds came down from the skies to welcome everyone into another momentous day to be spent basking in the presence of the Lord, everyone proceeded to the Prayer Hall after a hearty breakfast. Swami came down at around 10.30 am and proceeded to the dais as the name of the Lord was being extolled through melodious Bhajans. After a few Bhajans, Swami commanded Sri Narasimha Murthy to say a few words before all the staff, students and devotees were to depart for a trip down to the Kodai lake for shopping.

Sri Narasimha Murthy recollected a few of his experiences with Swami when He used to visit Kodaikanal in His physical form, and would send Sri Narasimha Murthy shopping along with all the students. The compassionate Lord would always ensure that the first purchases were made from the Tibetan refugees and even to this day, Swami continues to shower His love and compassion on them by sending everyone to their stalls.

Thereafter, Mangala Arati was offered to Swami and as Prasadam was distributed, Swami went around giving out envelopes of his love to every staff, student and devotee present. Swami granted a few interviews while the rest proceeded for shopping or rather ‘marketing’ in the Lord’s lingo.

In the evening, after granting interviews to the Malaysian group, Swami came down at around 5.40 p.m. as Bhajans were in progress. Swami then commanded a few brothers to sing some songs, which described the love of a mother. The heartfelt renditions did not leave a single dry eye in the room, especially when Brother Nishad Mishra offered the song ‘Mai’, and Brother Srinivas Viswanadha sang the Tamil song ‘Uyirum Neeye’ yet again, which moved every heart.

Swami then beckoned Brother Ankit from Bihar, who is pursuing his Chartered Accountancy along with Bcom, to speak on the topic of mother. Brother Ankit spoke about how Swami became his mother when he joined Swami’s institution in the sixth grade. He also spoke about how staying in Bangalore away from Swami, really made him appreciate and cherish the time he spent with Swami while studying in His institutions.

Swami then spoke about the gravity of receiving even one instruction from God, saying that we must never give up what we have set out to achieve. “Until it happens, we must not turn back and go away”, He said. He urged everyone to adopt the attitude of ‘do or die’, for the word of the Lord should take all priority in each one’s lives and one must achieve whatever task He has assigned. “For the quality of a devotee is to never give up and always keep persisting with the task they have been given, just as the monkey Hanuman was able to jump across the ocean with determination and devotion!”

After enquiring about the number of students currently studying in various fields, such as accountancy, medicine, law, engineering and teaching, Swami remarked that while in the world education is for employment and employment is for enjoyment, in His institutions, it is education for employment and employment for enlightenment!

He then called upon Brother Rana Shivansh also a student from Bihar, whose father became involved in the Annapoorna Breakfast Seva initiative through his son. Calling his father, Swami showered him with a token of His love and spoke about the Seva being conducted in Bihar. The school at which they started serving breakfast began with 35 students and now has grown to a strength of 225! Swami lovingly spoke about their experience of Breakfast Seva and said that parents should be encouraged to involve themselves with such activities.

Swami went on to explain that His initiation of all the numerous service activities and building of schools and hospitals is His effort to transform each individual into selfless, Divine beings. However, it lies in the hands of each one as to whether they decide to utilise the opportunity bestowed upon them or not, for it may never come again! One must take these unique opportunities and make the best use of them.

Swami then went on to speak about the upcoming hospital project in Mississippi which is being undertaken by Mr Isaac Tigrett. The Lord spoke about the lack of affordable healthcare for the people of the area and in His infinite compassion and mercy, described His plans for providing healthcare to the underprivileged people of Mississippi.

Exhorting everyone to adopt an unwavering determination and motivation in achieving their tasks, Swami brought a beautiful evening session to a close. Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan and Prasadam was distributed as He retired to His room.