On the morning of the auspicious Guru Purnima celebrations, as melodious Bhajans were in progress, Bhagawan entered the Premamrutham hall and granted Darshan from the balcony above the stage. Clad in effulgent yellow, Brother Sri Madhusudan proceeded to enter the hall escorted by a procession of students chanting Vedas. One could only imagine how Swami must have looked…radiant, and glorious, as He has always, during every Guru Purnima day!
Gliding amidst all those who had gathered, Bhagawan granted Darshan to everyone, cutting cakes to mark the occasion before ascending the dais to take His seat on the throne. The morning’s celebrations began with a rendering of the Guru Paduka Stotram which was then followed by the Guru Mahima Stotram, which describes how a human can become elevated to the status of the Divine by the grace of the Guru.
The second-year students of the Pre-University college at Muddenahalli, then began the proceedings with an invocatory chant of the Atma Suktam, after which Bhagawan released a number of books and CDs offered by various devotees from all over the globe.
The first release was, ‘Tannah Sarvah Prachodayaat’, an audio CD of twenty-one chants of Sai Gayatri by Brother Sumeet Tappoo and Mr Dimitris Lambrianos. This was followed by the offering of twenty-three publications in seventeen world languages, by the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutha Prakashna, Books and Publications division. Different volumes of Sri Sathya Sai Uvacha and The Story Divine were released by Bhagawan in the various languages of: Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Sinhalese, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish, Telugu and Tamil. Mr Isaac Tigrett then offered the tenth volume of the Sri Sathya Sai Uvacha series in English, after which Bhagawan blessed the team of translators and transcribers with a group photograph. This was followed by the release of the eighth volume of Love Beyond Boundaries, authored by Sister Bhuvana Santhanam, documenting the global travels of Bhagawan between January 2019 and May 2019.
The first speaker to address the gathering was Mr Isaac Tigrett. He shared with everyone that Bhagawan had called himself and Sri Narasimha Murthy to His residence the previous day, and explained to them that at 9:30 on the morning of the Guru Purnima celebrations, a new era of His advent would begin. He spoke about how Bhagawan had described that until now, it had been difficult for, but a few to raise their consciousness. However, Guru Purnima was to mark the opening of the doors to the higher consciousness, making it easier for everyone to raise themselves, realising divinity. Bhagawan had declared that in less than a dozen decades, every living person would know that they and everything in this world is divine. Urging everyone to take this opportunity to become desire-less, selfless and compassionate just as Bhagawan wants everyone to be, Mr Tigrett brought his speech to a close.
The next speaker was Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, who encapsulated the events ever since 2011. He recalled how when Bhagawan had visited Muddenahalli in 1978, Bhagawan had promised to come to Muddenahalli on a Guru Purnima day and stay permanently. Whilst no-one had understood the meaning of Bhagawan’s words at the time, time has indeed witnessed those words coming true. Sri Narasimha Murthy spoke about the three stages of devotion as expressed by Hanuman, who moved from being the Lord’s servant to a part of the Lord and finally to being one with the Lord. Sri Narasimha Murthy also spoke about the journey of Brother Sri Madhusudan, who also has been on this incredible journey – from being a servant of Bhagawan, a part of Bhagawan and now, one with Bhagawan! Emphasising the good fortune of all who have born witness to this historic event, Sri Narasimha Murthy closed his speech and prayed to Bhagawan to grant His Divine message.
Swami was to bless all with His divine message next. Brother Sri Madhusudan was seated on the throne, and could barely get up, for he had ascended to the next stage of his spiritual journey. A journey of becoming one with God. He later recounted what went through his very core and said, “Swami had told me that a day will come when I would be Him and He would be me, and I almost instantly dismissed it as an impossibility! Today, that day has come to pass. 23rd November 2017, the 90th birthday of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, is when for the first time I experienced a feeling like never before, when every part of my being shook with the sudden gush of purest love for one and all who had assembled in the newly opened Premamrutham hall, and the illusion of the ephemeral world melted and dissolved away in the incessant involuntary streams of tears that flowed from both my eyes. In those silent sobs of bliss the river reached the ocean at last and I disappeared into Sai.
This has been a recurring experience since then in many places in many countries with many people, so very often that it’s no more out of ordinary.
‘Bless me with the bliss of the self, bless me with the union with you, bless me with self- realisation’, were the prayers I had made to my Master as a young student disciple at His university without even knowing what that truly meant in its entirety. Nevertheless even to pray thus could not have been without His will. When He appeared to me in the subtle, on one fine evening way back on 2011, I had prayed that He grants me the highest spiritual state without even weighing my eligibility. And He compassionately told me that such a day will come but not now. ‘The clay pot is still wet, it will break if I pour the water. The wire will burn if a current of higher voltage, than its transmission capacity, passes through it. Have patience, I am preparing you. What you ask for is with me, safely locked away. I shall grant you the key to it when the time is right.’
Eight years later after those words were spoken by the divine, on this Guru Poornima of 2019, as I sat on the stage while Sri Narasimha Murthy spoke about the third phase that began on that day, that of Sankramana (Ascension) of the subtle phase of Bhagawan’s mission, it happened! The prophetic divine words came true. And it was not sudden not rushed, rather it happened slowly, smoothly and gradually. But intensely nevertheless. So intense that I could not feel my limbs after a while. I had no control over my body especially the left side which almost seemed paralysed. But deep within I felt a sense of calm that refused to be affected by the proceedings of the day. It was a feeling like that of a thick molten metal which had just started melting and while some of it moved, some remained stationary. I felt as if I was melting part by part, but this time there were no tears, instead there was a deep dense silence that was intoxicating.
Sumeet helped me to the green room after the discourse that was given sitting on the throne due to my inability to stand on my own. The experience lasted a few more minutes before I could come back to my senses, and I sensed that I was no more the same. Something had snapped within me, perhaps the last vestiges of attachments had also been broken away and I felt so free which I had never ever felt before. The joy of a river that had traversed many a tedious terrain to reach the mouth of the creek from where it would rush into the expanse of the ocean to lose itself only to find itself, was mine. I felt liberated once for all. Since then the last sense of individuality, and the accompanying dark shadows of shame and fear, simply vanished into the bright spiritual illumination of a million suns that shone from within.
The ascension had begun and was witnessed by not merely the mortal eyes of the stupefied audience that sat in the hallowed hall, but also by the innumerable elevated beings that had descended in drones from dimensions beyond. A cosmic event had occurred only to the realisation of a few, when humanness was metamorphosing into divinity. The colourful wings of bliss and love opened up from within and the soul took to a flight of bliss, leaving the body behind. The experience was electrifying and emancipating, illuminating and intoxicating, it was simply liberating. I am grateful to my Master who redeemed me of my pettiness and allowed me to ascend the steps of spiritual haven, till there remained only one, I in my master and my master in me, no more the painful separation of two but a blissful union of ONE!”
Bhagawan began His discourse by reminding everyone that the Vedas tell us that only God is true and everything else is unreal, as the individual being is none other than the Divine Himself. He spoke about the oneness of everything and explained that only the one who sees oneness in the duality is a Guru, a Jnani. Bhagawan emphasised on the importance of seeing Divinity in everything, everywhere and in all. This alone is the purpose of life and all else is a waste of time, He said.
He went to explain that it is only by following the word of the Guru with all the mind, strength and intensity of being, that His grace can be earned and one’s own Divinity can be realised. Bhagawan then urged everyone to understand their own Divinity and experience it, for the one who knows God, becomes God! Showering His blessings on everyone that they may achieve this, He brought His discourse to a close.
Thereafter, Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan and Prasadam was distributed to all.