FROM THE PEN OF RAM CHUGANI....ARTICLES
SWAMI IN THAILAND
Dr. Art-ong Jumasai Na Ayudha. Bangkok, Thailand,
Member of Parliament; Former Director of Thailand Institute of
Science and Technological Research. Central Co-Coordinator
(Overseas), Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation,Far East.
At the workshop for overseas Teachers of Bal Vikas in
Purraparthi in August 1983, we were very fortunate to have Swami’s
Divine Discourse to the teachers everyday.
On one occasion, Swami said: In this life if you are
Bal Vikas guru, that is enough. You do not to do anything else.
”There were seven teachers at this workshop from Thailand and in an
interview, Swami said "If you teach children you do not need to
worry about any thing. I will look after you, I will look after your
The teachers including the author of this article all
returned home after the workshop full of enthusiasms and soon
started to hold Bal Vikas classes as well as Education in Human
The author of this article owns a factory situated in
the suburbs of Bangkok. Because this area has many burglars, a guard
was hired to look after the factory at night. However, the guard
used to go into his little room and lock himself inside and go to
sleep at night. The factory was therefore not guarded properly.
One night the guard was awakened by someone who
entered his room and spoke to the guard: “Perform your duty well and
you will be rewarded.” The language was Of couse the Thai language
as the guard knew no other languages.
Needless to say, the guard was completely shocked and
frighten as he did not understand how it was possible to enter his
room as he had locked the door. The same thing happened again for
four consecutive nights!
The guard no longer remain quit as he became very
confused and afraid. The next morning he ran to the author who is
the managing director of the company. The guard confessed that he
did not do his duty and started relating the whole story.
The author asked the guard to describe the man who
woke him up in the middle of night. He answered that the man had a
big crown of hair. The author realized what had happened and took
the guard into the office room of the author. Inside the room there
is picture of Swami hanging on the wall.
Once inside, the guard stared at the picture with
expression of a great surprise. He pointed to the picture and said:
“That’s him. That is the man who came into my room and woke me up in
the middle of night!”
At the EHV Conference and workshop in Puttaparthi in
December 1986, the author was asked to speak in front of Swami in
the Poornachandra hall at Prashanthi Nilayam to the gathering of
teachers from many countries. Whilst relating story, SWAMI looked
at the author and smiled……
This story Dr Jumsai told us also in National
Conference of Sathya Sai Organization Japan,.
Earthquake relief - The work has begun
Following letter received from Bro. Dr. Michael Goldstein, giving a
progress report on the work of the Sai Organization, which please
In Sai Service,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
For those who have perished, let us pray for their souls. For those
who are suffering, let us pray and take action to alleviate their
pain. For ourselves, let us pray that the Divine Indweller will show
us the ay and enable us to do what we must do. For the Sai
Organization, let us pray that we will all become united in a spirit
of love and face the world catastrophe with courage, determination,
THE WORK HAS BEGUN!
This letter is a sequel to the prior letters of December 26 and
December 30 to give you a progress report on the work of the Sai
WORK DONE AND IN PROGRESS
The Sri Sathya Sai International Medical Committee of the Prasanthi
Council, working under the leadership of its Chairman, Dr. Narendra
Reddy, has sent task forces of personnel with the necessary skills
to assess the needs of victims and our own resources to address
In Indonesia, a task force of Sai devotee physicians and Sai workers
have gone to three stricken sites, including Banda Aceh. These
devotees are distributing food, water, clothes, medicines, and
other needed materials to the victims of the disaster. Substantial
funds from the Sathya Sai Society Earthquake Relief Fund have been
dispersed to Indonesia.
In Sri Lanka, Dr. Upadhyay from UK, a member of the Sai
International Medical committee has already visited Sri Lanka, made
an assessment of conditions there, and will be returning with a
medical team soon. In addition, Dr. Brahma Sharma, President of the
USA Sai Medical Committee, is leading a task force of Sai devotee
physicians and Sai workers who will arrive in Sri Lanka by January
9. Substantial funds from the Sathya Sai Society Earthquake Relief
fund have been dispersed to Sri Lanka.
In Thailand, Lorraine Burrows, of the Sathya Sai Institue, with a
group of Sai devotees from the Sai Institute and the Sai
Organization of Thailand have gone to Phuket to give assistance to
the victims of the disaster. The Zone Chairman has communicated with
the Deputy Central Coordinator of Thailand to arrange assistance by
transferring funds to the Thai Sai Organization from the Earthquake
In India, we have communicated to Bhagavan Baba that we stand ready
with personnel and resources to render whatever assistance He may
Task forces have gone to Indonesia to Banda Acheh, and two other
stricken areas in that country nearest to the epicenter of the
earthquake. A team of medical personnel and volunteers from
Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia will establish medical and
rehabilitation camps. Likewise, in Sri Lanka, a task force is going
to perform the same function. These task forces and the medical and
rehabilitation camps will not be merely a brief encounter where
goods are distributed and the sick are treated. It will be an
ongoing interaction. In the acute phase we are treating illness and
distributing goods and materials that meet the needs for survival in
the ravaged environment. Then, having met the immediate needs, we
plan to maintain a presence of helpful Sai workers to assist in the
rebuilding of the homes, the rehabilitation of the community, and,
finally, the achievement of self-sufficiency.
The theme of our 80th Birthday efforts: Service to Individual,
Service to Communty, and Service to Humanity is dramatically
unfolding as a result of this unprecedented disaster. Men and women,
governments and organizations, people from everywhere are extending
their helping hands to the victims of this catastrophe. Individual
victims are treated and communities are being restored. These
efforts, engaged in by our Sai Organization, and all of the
multitudes of selfless workers from all over the world, demonstrate
the love and compassion that is our true nature. Thus the innate
Divinity of man is manifested.
Lovingly, in the Service of Sai
Posted on 06.01.2005 by Ram Chugani
Bhagavan Baba Sarva Devata Swaroopa
(Student Experience Sudheendran)
One evening we were
all sitting around Bhagawan in Trayee Brindavan at Whitefield. All
of sudden, Bhagavan asked me if I would give Him anything that He
asked for, immediately, I replied “Yes, Bhagavan.”
Bhagavan looked at
me in my eyes and asked, are you sure, will you give me even your
life? “Saying thus, He streched out His palm, but He withdrew it at
once, and said something that overwhelmed me by its impact.
Bhagawan said, “You
fool, who are you to give your life to Me ? Your life is alread in
My hands, and you have no control over it! I realize that none
other than Goddess Shakthi Herself, who is permeating each and every
cell in my body and sustaining my life every moment, spoke these
I would also like
to narrate another experience where Bhagavan saved my father’s life.
In February 2000, my father underwent a regular health check-up
where he was diagnosed to have a minor heart problem. The doctors
then prescribed more tests. But my father decided that he would not
allow himself to be treated further without Bhagavan’s permission.
So he came to
Prashanti Nilayam to seek Bhagavan’s blessings and permission for
his heart treatment. During Darshan, Bhagavan spotted my father and
immediatley went up to him and enquired about his health. Then
Bhagavan materialized vibuthi and gave it to my father and asked him
to get himself checked up again at the Sri Sathya Sai Super
Speciality Hospital, Prashanti Nilayam.
As per Bhagavan’s
advice, my father underwent tests and the doctors recommended an
operation. The operation was scheduled for 1st March,
after Bhagawan’s prior approval. Since my father was staying alone,
he asked Bhagavan if it was necessary for my mother to rush to
Parthi immediatley. Bhagavan told that there was no need to hurry
and assured my father saying ,“Don’t worry, I will take care of
A few days before
the operation, my father decided to go for a short walk in the
evening. When he was walking on the road, he felt a slight pain in
his chest. So he thought that it would be better to sit down
somewhere nearby. That very moment an ambulance appeared on the
scene, and a senior ashram offical alighted from it and rushed
towards my father saying that Bhagavan had personally sent him to
enquire about my father’s condition, and if necessary, to rush him
to the hospital. Bhagavan thus demonstrated His love and
omniscience, and the chest pain vanished.
As the D-Day
approached, my mother and I landed in Prashanti Nilayam. Finally on
March 1st, my father was taken into the operation theatre
at 8 a.m. What was supposed to have been a mirror operation turned
out to be a major and a critical one, which took five hours. When
the doctors operated upon the heart, they discovered that there were
five blocks in the arteries and it was a medical miracle how my
father lived normally when there was apparently no way the blood
could flow in and out of the heart. Undoubtedly my father is alive
sheerly due to Bhagavan’s grace.
After the operation
Bhagavan told me to be happy and said, “Tell your mother about this
successful operation. She will feel happy. And also convey to her
that I am thousand times happier then she is.
Our love is filled
with selfishness and attachment born out of a relationship of a few
years. But Bhagavan has been loving and protecting all of us for
thousands of births!
“OM SRI SRI
Divine Blessings from South Africa
"I feel Baba's touch and his blessings help me progress
in life. He takes away my problems. I am a plain and
simple person but Baba has blessed me. When I first saw
what was happening, I fell on my knees and prayed, and
thanked Baba for entering my home."
Naicker, who was formerly with the Malagazi Sai Centre
and is now with the Mandhir, said she got closer to Baba
after her husband (then 38) suffered a stroke and died
about 17 years ago.
Feeling deserted and disconnected, Naicker said she
received a "message" from Baba telling her that she
would not be alone "when I am here for you".
"I never expected that Baba would visit me. As a mother
I am alone with my children, but Baba is our guardian
and protector and he is now showing us his presence."
With the dream of one day travelling to Sai Baba's
ashram in Prashanti Nalayam, India, an emotional Naicker
said she would continue serving Sai Baba.
African Sai Organisation president Dr Reggie Reddy said
the "miracles" were for the people of the house and
their particular spiritual relationship with Sai Baba.
"It is a personal and unique occurrence for their
particular spiritual evolution. It is for the family to
realise the omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience of
added that these manifestations "were to realise the
comforter more than the comforts - and the comforter is
the Purna Avtaar of the age of Kaliyuga, which is Sai
Prof Kasturi’s Birthday story.
Kasturi says on my
Birthday, I usually spend the day with Swami. On one birthday, He
asked me to go to a place to attend a meeting of devotees, and I
said “ What Swami? You are pushing me out on my birthday!” Swami
said, “What birthday? It is not an important Event. To be born is a
calamity not to be celebrated!
My name is Kasturi ,
Kasturi means musk, the fragrant stuff, which we used to put a dot
on God’s forehead. Krishna had “Kasturi Tilakam” on His forehead. It
is not only black, but also fragrant.
There is a temple in south
India, where the God is known as Kasturi Ranganatha, director of the
divine play, wearing a musk dot. I am named after that. So I told
Swami that I would go to that holy place on my birthday.
Swami said, “Go there, you
will find me there. It is as good as my presence there” and believe
me, when I went there, there was no Kasturi Ranganatha; there was my
own SWAMI in the shrine room. So everywhere, it is He who answers
every prayer, in whatever language it is made, to whichever God it
A mother once complained,
“Swami, my son goes to Tirupathi, he does not come to puttaparthi”
Swami said, “Yeh! Why do you worry? It is myself there also.” He
says, “Attend any church, call on any God by any name, of any form,
I am there. “That is Prabhu” The Lord of all.
Swami says, “If you look
at me, your image will be in my eyes, and my image will be in your
eyes. We are all in Swami’s eyes, because His eyes are everywhere.
“Sarvathah pannipadam sarvathokshi shirormukham.” His hands, His
feet, His eyes, His head and His face are everywhere to grasp you
and save you from a fall.”
Jai Sai Ram
LIKE ICE CREAM
It was Sunday morning at Prashanti Nilayam. After
finishing the morning Interviews, Baba went to the western side of
the Mandir where the children from the
primary school were seated. Baba does not like anyone to sit in the
hot sun, and certainly not the sweet little ones. [This was in the
days before the present roof was built.]
He made them all sit in the shade in the porch
near the Interview room. The children beamed as they trooped in and
sat in an orderly fashion, followed by Baba who came from behind
them, beaming with a big smile!
He came to the first row and all of a sudden
started singing “Love is My form…” He
asked the children to join in. All of us who were fortunate to be
there were exhilarated at this unexpected gift of Grace! Grace
always comes unexpectedly.
Halfway, He stopped and asked the children, “What
is Love?” smiling mischievously. The children were taken by
surprise at this question and smiled nonplussed!
obliging gave the answer and said, “Love
is ice cream!” Baba allowed the children’s laughter
and the adult’s surprise to die down before He explained further.
Baba, the ideal teacher, is a Master of the technique of teaching. A
startling question to evoke attention, provoke curiosity and hold
the interest of the listener is the Master’s method! All ears were
now alert, awaiting Baba’s explanation:
“Love is sweet like
Love is joy like ice
Love is cool like
and Love is pure
like white ice cream.”
Apparently meant for the children, but it was a
gift from Baba to all of us, this extraordinarily original
definition of love from Love Incarnate!
Images are sketched by poets to make the abstract
concrete; Baba the Poet of poets gives images which have great
spiritual depths, and the Avatar of the
Age uses the most modern of them to make us understand what He wants
to convey. In the Krishna Avatar, it
was milk, curds and butter; in the Sai Avatar
it is Love, Joy and ice cream!
From “Spiritual Blueprints
of My Journey” by Indulal Shah
Jai Sai Ram
what you don't
contributed by saikramesh
This incident relates to the trip made by 52 blind chlidren to Swami
several years back. I had always wanted to narrate the same to
Saidevotees, my sole intention being to propogate the message that
Swami often sees what we dont.
A Sathya Sai Center functioning in Chennai, a metro city in Southern
India was fortunate to be blessed by Swami's visit, 5 times, each of
these when He visited Chennai.
A practice ( that continues till date) in the center is Reading for
the Blind on at least 2 Saturdays of the month.
Swami inspired one of the devotees to bring these 52 students to His
Divine Presence. What follows here is amazing. There was no prior
intimation to Swami in any way that these students were being
brought from Chennai all the way to Parthi. On the way, the devotees
entrusted with the task of taking these blessed students to Swami
encountered many a hardship.
Wonder of Wonders, when they reached Parthi, they were given a
special block at the Darshan Hall and Swami spent several minutes
with the group. At the end, He signalled one of His Students to
bring something from the Interview Room.
Sairam brothers and sisters, only our Beloved Lord knows and cares
for every being in this world. The Student then brought out 52
Braille watches, each of which was personally presented to the
students by Swami. Swami also demonstrated the use of the same.
How these watches appeared in the Interview Room is a miracle, that
only Our Lord knows. This especially because, there was not even the
slightest hint made to Swami about the arrival of these students.
Yet another Mahima of Our Dearest Lord!!!
describes an incident of Calcutta devotee who went on wrong path.
There was a young person
in Calcutta who had gone too far on wrong path. He had the calamity of
having a rich father and he suffered from that! Cinema star, gamblers,
racehorses were his
His father was a good man. He didn’t know that he was the reason for his
son’s wayward ways. He had fondled him much and had spoiled him. He wanted
to improve him, and so he put three volumes of Sathyam Shivam Sundaram on
his son’s table.
He warned his servants to see that the books were always on his table. The
son saw them, but never cared to read them. He thought it was his father’s
craze! ‘What is the use of reading Sathyam Shivam Sundaram by some Kasturi,
when there are far better things to read? ‘ He must have thought.
One day, he had an engagement with a cinema star with his gang of friends.
Jay has programmed to go to picnic with her as the central figure. His
friends did not turn up as arranged and had to keep on waiting for them.
He was rather upset, and took a book, which was on the table and starting
turning the pages, because he had nothing else to do! And what did he read
in the book? “Don’t rely on your friends. They are only exploiting you. I
am your great friend. I don’t need any thing from you. I will always be
He read whole page! That changed his mind, because those were Swami’s
words. He was sitting in P.N Verandah, three days back. He has purchased a
bungalow near Whitefield and now wherever he gets time he will be writing
That happened because of that one page which he read at a critical time of
his life. Swami, who was waiting for the psychological moment, caught him!
When the dawn comes, when the morning star raised and the sun is about to
give light to earth, that moment, when he opened the book, Swami stood
there to receive him!
Swami says, I have a vow and what is that?”Hold by the hand those who have
strayed away from the correct path and save them. Swami has said”Patti”
is to hold by the hand. To hold them by the hand and save them is His vow.
In case of this young man, He was waiting for his hand and caught it, Prof
Kasturi asked Swami “Why hold the hand?
“Dear man.” Said Swami. How can you give a person an injection without
holding his hand ? So holding the hand is necessary. This young man turned
the pages of the book and Swami held him by the hand and gave him the
injection. When his friends came and hour later, he said ´ “ he said “ I
am not coming, I don’t want the picnic.
I am not going you hereafter, I have a great friend now!” He sends his
friends out! Swami has converted him.
There was a dancing hall in the ground floor of his house, was now
beautifully polished floor which became the bhajan center! That hand that
held whisky, now held vibhuthi packet! Complete change! Because he read
something that Swami wanted him to read that book, and not what was
printed in it. The book was only an excuse.
Jai Sai Ram