As the Malaysian Airlines plane took off from the Bengaluru International Airport at noon on August 01, peals of laughter and excited giggles filled the air, for Swami’s entourage to Malaysia and Singapore included fifty students from the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence which included thirty-three girls for the very first time. Swami had lovingly called all the students and accompanying wardens for an exclusive session the previous morning, and blessed them with everything required for the travel. From suitcases to Sarees, essential toiletries to clothes and footwear, Swami had ensured everything was bought for the students who were travelling for the very first time outside their motherland, and in fact most of them were on a plane for the first time in their lives. So naturally, they were emotionally filled with gratitude for Bhagawan, the Divine parent who nurtures His creation in a matchless way.
Upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur at around 7 p.m., the Sai youth welcomed everyone, including the Vice Chancellor and his wife who were accompanying the students. A little over an hour’s drive, the entourage reached Sai Amrutham, the residence of Brother Ayavoo Arumugam and his wife Dr Vimala. Swami manifested in front of the residence, just as Brother Madhusudan Naidu emerged from the car. Bhajans were in progress, as many youth and devotees had gathered to welcome Swami yet again to Kuala Lumpur. After a couple of Bhajans, Swami’s humorous comment had everyone laughing when He said, “It’s not the time for Bhajan, but rather Bhojan (food).” Swami went on to say that with good food, the head also will become good. “Bhajan and Bhojan both are important, as whatever we touch, taste or look is also food”, He advised. After Arati, dinner was served to everyone and Swami took the elders of His entourage up to His room to show them around, a tradition which He always follows to tell everyone how His devotees look after Him, and more importantly how they sacrifice for the mission of uplifting fellow human beings around the world.
The next morning, Aug 2, 2018 after an early breakfast, while Swami proceeded to Janda Baik, an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur city to bless the land which has been identified to build a new Sai Amrutham, the students proceeded on a city tour with the Sai Ananda youth. Swami has commanded Brother Ayavoo and Sister Vimala to move to this serene part of Malaysia, tucked in the lap of mother nature, which is at 2000 feet above sea level.
The land has aptly been named ‘Garden of Bliss’, and Swami walked around the land, and went on to say that each of the five elements have to be transcended to reach Nirakara, or the formless aspect. He said each of the five elements also represent the five Koshas. “Prana is lighter than the body. Subtler than Prana is Mana, subtler than Mana is Gyana, and subtler than Gyana is Ananda. When we are amidst nature, we see our reflection in nature. We have come from all these elements, and hence we feel happy, as we are born out of this.” Swami gave precious advise to Brother Ayavoo and Dr Vimala about the design and construction, and departed to the residence of Brother Jullius Tan and his wife Smt Uma Parvati for lunch.
As Swami emerged from the car, their six-year-old son Saieshwar welcomed Swami in the most sweetest way. Bhajans were in progress, and after a couple of soulful Bhajans, Swami commanded Brother Julius to speak. He offered his gratitude to Swami, as He had told his family that He would come to their home many decades ago in Prasanthi Nilayam. Brother Jullius came to Swami with his parents as a young boy of eight years, and since then every step of his life has been guided by his beloved Master. He was filled with utmost gratitude and emotion overtook his being. The merciful Lord blessed him with a token of His love, and thereafter revealed many aspects of his life and the family’s. Brother Jullius’s father was overjoyed to have Swami in their midst, and was filled with gratitude as Swami had kept His word! Swami said, “God’s ways are very stange, amazing and cannot be understood by anyone. It can only be understood by the heart!” Swami spent some time with the family before lunch, and soon after returned to Sai Amrutham.
In the evening, a private Satsang was held at Sai Amrutham, where after a few soulful songs, Swami spoke to all the Sai Ananda youth and devotees who had gathered. Swami said, “You must turn your gaze towards God and do everything for God. World is temporary, this name and fame, relationships, wealth, and life, Truth and good name is only permanent.”
Encouraging one of the youth singers who sang very melodiously, Swami said, “Thyagaraja, Meera, Haridas, Ramadasa had no Gurus, it was only their Bhakti. Bhakti will give you the ability to create like God. That alone will help you to be in touch with your divinity. And that beauty comes out in the form of thought, word and deed. Gopikas were like that, as they only had love for Krishna, which burst forth as words, songs and dances. Man is able to achieve everything. He can give or take anything, fly like a bird, swim like a fish, but there is only one thing he is not able to do, live like a man! Kindness and compassion should guide and watch over each person’s steps!”
After Mangala Arati, Dinner Prasadam was served to all.