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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 business.

 

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 Values classes.

 

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
 

Dear Brothers,
 
Sai Ram.
 
Following letter received from Bro. Dr. Michael Goldstein, giving a progress report on the work of the Sai Organization, which please note.
 
Warm Regards,
In Sai Service,
LP Chablani
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
Sai Ram!
 
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, and discrimination.
 
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 Organization.
 
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 those needs.
 
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 Relief Fund.
 
In India, we have communicated to Bhagavan Baba that we stand ready with personnel and resources to render whatever assistance He may deem appropriate.
 
WORK PLANNED
 

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 words.

 

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 you!”

 

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 JNANASWAROOPAYA NAMAHA”


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.

South 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 Sai Baba."

Reddy 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 Baba himself.

 Jai Sai Ram  

 


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 is made.

 

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

Ram.Chugani


LOVE IS 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!

Love is like ice creamBaba 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 ice cream;

Love is joy like ice cream;

Love is cool like ice cream

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

Ram Chugani


I see 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!!!

Jai Sairam!!!

Ram Chugani

 

Prof Kasturi 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 companions.

 

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 with you”

 

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 “Sai Ram”

 

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

Ram.Chugani

Kobe, Japan