Thursday, 30 August 2012

God gives us what we deserve

"God will grant you what you need and deserve; there is no need to ask, no reason to grumble. Be content. Nothing can happen against His Will."

-- Bhagawan Baba

Friday, 24 August 2012

Swami knows what I am going through and He shows it

I was looking through some feedback sent by readers on Heart2Heart articles in the archives of Radio Sai (I stumbled upon this in a search for something else). I just opened up one article and said, "Swami, I'm seeking a message from you. Let me see what you tell me in this article."

As I scrolled through the Web page, my eyes fell on these lines and as I read them, tears just started flowing freely from my eyes.

"Amavasya or the new moon night – dark night - is not everlasting. Poornima or the full moon night is certain to follow. Just be patient for some time. Know that Swami’s protective eyes and watchful eyes are ever on you. Swami will never put you through difficulties. Because of difficulties coming one after another in succession, your mind is agitated. This is the time to use Swami’s name for courage. 
Will anyone wear woolen clothes in summer and thin cotton garments in winter? Never, ever! For the present heated state of your mind, wear the cooling garments of Bhagavat Chintana or remembrances of God. Do not increase the heat of your mind by wearing the woolen clothes of Prakriti chintana or thoughts of the world."

Yes! Swami knows the pain I am going through, but it's all for a reason. I shall hold on to Him and Him alone and seek my answers from Him.

Thank you Swami!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

God is with me at every moment

Last night, before I went to bed, I said "Swami, I know you are with me this very moment. I am going to open the book 'Sai Darshan II' by Seema Dewan and see what mesg u r giving me now."

I was touched and reassured on seeing the foll. lines

Whenever you worry, say to yourself, 'God is my only friend. He is with me right now, He knows everything. And if He knows, all will be well. And I will be taken care of in the best way.'

Another beautiful thought I got this morning from the same book

"Be sincere when you are devoted to God... If you love Him, then all you must remember is that alone... The rest shall come to you at the right moment..."

I keep thanking Swami for constantly showing me His presence in myriad ways. :)

Sunday, 12 August 2012

A beautiful Krishna Janmashtami

We celebrated Krishna Jayanthi on the evening of 9th August (Thursday) at home, since we follow the Tamil Iyer traditions and this year, our calendar showed that the Ashtami thithi fell on 9th August. I felt blessed as we finished the Puja and tuned in to the Radio Sai bhajan classroom for 'Jaya Krishna Kunja Vihari', a sweet bhajan that adores Sai as Lord Krishna. The vibes and happiness I felt on listening to the whole bhajan classroom were so good. I really felt the divine communion with my Lord.

We have the custom of drawing tiny footprints using rice flour in various rooms, indicating that Baby Krishna is running around here and there. When a friend asked me that night how the Puja went off at home and whether Krishna had come home, I told her about these footprints. She said, "That means the lil Krishna came home searching for your hearts."

I told her, "Lord Sai Krishna has already stolen my heart and run away. It's just that I'm not able to see His form, though I feel His presence." I had tears when I typed this sms to her. That night, I told Swami that He's my best friend -- my Prana Sakha. I told Him that I felt blessed that He had chosen me and thanked Him for everything and His constant presence in my life.

In Prasanthi Nilayam, Krishna Janmashtami celebrations were on Friday, Aug 10th. I watched the entire video proceedings from Sai Kulwant Hall in the morning and felt extremely happy, esp with the songs by the students and Swami's message in His discourse. He spoke highly of women and their devotion. He said that women are always very devoted to Lord and in fact, they are the ones who pull in the men to God. I felt very touched on hearing this. A great way to start off the day!

In the evening of Aug 10th, when I went to Sai Nivas (the Sai mandir near my house), I felt very happy to see Swami's photo and the other idols beautifully decked in garlands. The Krishna statue stood out magnificently, because He was decked from top to toe with many garlands and there was even a special focus light for Him. I was lost in His beauty!

On seeing the garlands, I immediately knew they had been freshly put that morning for the nagarsankeerthan. I also knew they would surely be changed before the evening bhajan. 

I dunno why I suddenly got this thought. But I said, "Swami, I'm not a great lady like Droupadi. But one thing is I have firm faith in you like she did. On this Krishna Jayanthi day, I feel I should look up to you for protection like a sister would look to her brother. Droupadi considered you her brother and when she was in danger, when she was in any predicament or when she needed help, she called out to you only. Well, I too am doing the same thing. I have nobody else but you. You know what all is running thro my mind. You know my heart's desire. It is up to you to fulfil it."

One uncle in Sai Nivas who takes care of replacing the old garlands with new ones and other arrangements for the altar there sometimes gives me the garlands to take home as prasadam and we hang it with reverence at the entrance of our flat. That evening, as I was having the thought about how Krishna was Droupadi's brother, I suddenly got this thought also -- "Swami, it's been a long time since that uncle gave me garlands to take home. Today, the garlands are extra-special 'coz they are the garlands that you have worn this morning. If you make him give me those, I will take it that you're giving me a positive signal that you're soon going to bless me with what my heart desires."

The bhajan got over, I forgot about this and was getting ready to leave. That uncle had taken his cycle and was nearing the gate. But suddenly, he stopped and asked me "Would you like to take the garlands home?" 

I immediately smiled and said, "Sure sir. If you give, I shall take them. Have I ever asked you for the garlands? Whenever you give them to me, I take it that Swami is giving and gladly take them home."

He said, "U surely deserve to take them home ma. Pls wait." Saying so, he rushed in and got me 4 garlands and gave saying "We used them this morning for Swami." What a finale to a beautiful Krishna Jayanthi! Swami keeps showing me every day that He is with me every second and knows every lil fleeting thought I have. :)

And it did not end there. When I went to Sai Nivas yesterday in the evening, he again gave me 2 garlands . :)

Another thing. There were some old Sanathana Sarathi books which I spotted in Sai Nivas. I usually look thro them 'coz some of the photos on the 1st page inside the cover are simply too good. I liked one photo and I brought that book home. 

Just around 11 pm, I said "Swami, I am feeling sleepy but want to look thro this and see what is ur mesg for me." I just opened the cover. On the left-hand top corner of the inside of the cover, I saw this -- "Your discrimination is like a signal. Never ignore this signal. When your inner self tells you that something is right, you should follow it scrupulously, irrespective of what others say. Let people talk whatever they want, but we should remain steady in our mind."

I was simply stunned on reading these words. Just last evening, I had been chatting with a friend about 'signals' from Swami (or rather I perceived them as His responses to my prayers) and whether I was reading the signals correctly. And see the mesg He gives me!! Whoa!! 

This msg further strengthened my resolve about something which has become like a raging fire within me. I pray to Bhagawan that He fulfills my only desire soon. I also pray to Him for firm faith, patience, persistence and strength to hold on until whatever I have resolved upon fructifies.

But I'm sure my Krishna will never let me down. :) He's very mischievous and keeps playing with me and makes me cry a lot but in the end, He will only pull me closer and closer to Him. Of that, I am sure!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

My devotee alone has the final say

Stumbled upon this quote from Swami's discourse today. Felt quite encouraged on reading it.

God says, “I will gladly accept defeat but never let a devotee down. 
I am a servant of My devotees. 
I wait day and night as a watchman in the prayer room of My devotee! 
Do you know why? 

My devotee could express any desire at any time. 
I want to be present to fulfill his slightest wish.
I am the final authority everywhere—except with my devotee. 
My devotee alone has the final say.”

Beautiful quote! So reassuring!

Monday, 6 August 2012

God speaks to me every day

It is simply amazing how Swami makes His presence felt through myriad ways. Today's message from my Neale Donald Walsch subscription was quite profound and it made a lot of sense to me, 'coz it resonated with a particular thought in my mind. Here is that mesg.
On this day of your life, Aarthi, I believe God wants you to know...
...that you have only just begun to discover your magnificence.

This period of your life marks a New Beginning. 
You can feel it. 
And you have only just begun to know
 the treasure and the glory of You. 

And you have only just begun to make your Real and Lasting Contribution.

It was the last line that was really the icing on the cake and that really made my day. Yes, I have begun to realize my inner true potential and I am beginning to understand where I can really contribute and how lasting that can be. :)

Thank you Swami for this very touching mesg for me today.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Today's disappointment could be tomorrow's springboard

Got this beautiful message today in my mail -- resonates with my thought. :)

I believe God wants you to know... 
that disappointment is your thought 
that God doesn't know what God is doing.

That, of course, is impossible. So try to not be disappointed in anything. 
Know that life is showing up perfectly in every moment.

Today's disappointment could be tomorrow's springboard to all that you've ever wanted. In fact, it probably is.

You will not have to think very hard to know exactly why you received this message today...