The short visit to Hong Kong came to an end, as Swami and His entourage were to fly to the next destination Singapore, in the afternoon. After breakfast, Swami came out to the living room and spoke for a while before Mangala Arati was offered. He reiterated about the inseparable relationship between God and His devotees. A visit to Lantau Island to see the Tian Tan Buddha, the world’s largest sitting Buddha was planned before reaching the Airport. Swami spoke about the life of Buddha, and said that Buddha was not born a Saint, but was born as a Prince. “He had all the luxuries and comforts of the world. But something in his heart kept saying that this was not everything. He had a very sensitive nature and his restlessness led to his quest for truth. He had no Guru or guide, but this inner quest was repeating itself. No one could help Buddha with answers. So he sat under a tree, closed his eyes and made an earnest attempt to seek the answers for all the questions. He developed a sense of detachment when he realised the truth.” Swami urged everyone to lead a detached life, with the sense that all belongs to God!
Mr Raja and Mrs Shalini Daswani, along with few others devotees proceeded to Lantau Island to see the big Buddha. After a wonderful lunch at the Po Lin Monastery, the entourage proceeded to the Airport to board their flight to Singapore. Upon arrival at night, everyone were welcomed by the Singapore team. Swami proceeded to the residence of Dr Pillay, and after blessing the family rested for the night.
The next morning, March 15, after breakfast Swami proceeded to the office of Brother Kishore Parikh, and blessed the entire team with His precious advise. Swami thereafter returned to the Pillay residence for lunch. Sai Anandam, the Ashram in Singapore which is right next to the Pillay residence was buzzing was final preparations for the evening public Satsang.
There is also excitement before a public Satsang, as devotees throng to bask in Swami’s love. Over 400 people had gathered at Sai Anandam at 4:30 p.m. Swami arrived in the midst of Bhajans at 5 p.m. Brother Kabilan Pillay welcomed the gathering and gave a brief outline about the various Seva activities which are being done in Singapore. Urging all to join hands, he invited Brother Anand Kadali to speak. Brother Anand traced the journey of the Annapoorna breakfast programme, and vividly recalled a few experiences.
Sri B N Narasimha Murthy started by congratulating Brother Anand for the bold step he had taken, to quit his promising career with a software giant and join Bhagawan’s mission full time. Sri Narasimha Murthy said, “Only by sacrifice, we attain immortality, not by anything else. Once very foolishly about thirty years before when Swami was in Brindavan, I asked Swami, ‘Swami, will all the people who are very close to You now get Moksha?” Naturally I was curious about myself. Swami said, “Look Narasimha Murthy, there are many cockroaches and mosquitoes in My room. Will all of them get Moksha or liberation?” He asked. So, just because we stand close to Baba, sit close to Baba, listen to His discourses, we are not going to get liberation. We have to transform ourselves. And sacrifice of selfishness is the greatest sacrifice. Sacrificing anything is possible. But sacrificing one’s own ego, desires, attachments, selfishness – that is the great sacrifice.”
Swami in His discourse also stressed about the importance of sacrifice and said that it is only when one turns one’s gaze inwards and finds that infinite joy that already lies within, that is when there would be an end to all kinds of desires and miseries. “Man will be liberated from the cycle of birth and death into the infinite immortality. Scriptures declare ‘It is only through the sacrifice that can one attain immortality.’ And what is this sacrifice? It is the sacrifice of this external vision Bahiranga Drishti and turn it to Antaranga Drishti to turn it inward as the inward vision. It is only then you can give up all that which drives you to pursue these paltry pleasures, and turn within to taste the nectarine bliss of Divinity that exists over there. Therefore, these Satsangs cannot be just a discussion of ideas, exchange of words but these have to be translated into tangible actions, actions that transform each person and in the process, benefit everyone else around.”
After a few Questions and Answers, Mangala Arati was offered to Swami. Thereafter, He blessed a few families with interviews and then retired after dinner.