|Dr. M. Sainath speaking before Sri Sathya Sai at Brindavan|
It has been said that life is a chain of events while living is a chain of experiences. Experience is not what happens to man. It is what he does with what happens to him. Bhagavan has often cautioned us about the futility of spending years at His Lotus Feet, without seriously attempting to practice at least one of the principles that He relentlessly teaches us. And yet, we are so caught up in our daily grind that we have burdened rather than lightened ourselves. It is one of Bhagavan’s small mercies that He patiently continues to monitor our lives, guard and guide us.
Bhagavan has explicitly stated that His mission is to alleviate the suffering of the poor; to put back on track those who have taken to the wrong paths, and to confer the fruits of merit on those who deserve it. Innumerable are the occasions where He has appeared to be negligent towards our plight. But, at the end, when He stoops to pick us up, we find that the suffering has only made us savour this moment with greater understanding and joy. Invariably, these acts of mercy seem to descend upon us totally unexpected and that is what makes them so blissful to experience.
I recollect the occasion once, when a young man came to Brindavan to have Bhagavan’s Darshan. He missed the last bus that would take him back to the city and was hence forced to manage the night somehow at Whitefield itself. The next morning found an extremely worried mother at Brindavan, anxiously waiting for Bhagavan. It was the young man’s mother. Finding that her son had not returned last night and had not even sent any message about his whereabouts, she rushed to Bhagavan.
Soon, the Lord came and during Darshan, paused before the distraught mother. He looked at her and calmly said: “Your son is safe. He spent the full night under a tree, caught the first bus and has just reached home. Why do you worry when I am there?” The father, who had narrated this experience, later said that the family was strengthened in their faith and courage, because they were now convinced that the Lord was there, watching and guiding them all the time.
Bhagavan’s silence can be easily misinterpreted as an attitude of aloofness. Henry Ford once said, “Don’t find faults. Find the remedy.” It is very easy to blame someone for our state of misfortune.
But we seldom realise that this attitude of ours only takes us to further ruin. I recollect an occasion when Bhagavan was talking to us and said: “I know everything. I see and hear everything. But I keep silent because there is a time for everything. There is a way to do everything. You don’t know about it. I do.”
|Lord Krishna and the Pandavas|
|Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)|
Is it then to say that Bhagavan would not interfere with our lives? That He would not lend us a hand in times of crisis? Far from truth! All one has to do is to speak and listen to innumerable experiences that people have to share about how much Bhagavan has meant to them and their lives. Bhagavan is an experience of a lifetime of merits accumulated and burst forth in a shower of grace. But it would be better to comprehend Him as an omnipresent presence that is always there, watching and waiting to gather us into His arms.
|Sri Sathya Sai in the hills of Kodai and Ooty|
In retrospect, Bhagavan only did what He has always done. His Creation is His concern. We may feel insecure, but we are always in His grasp - never outside it. His is a benign presence that is always there to look after us. Our living in His presence is to experience this over powering Love and enjoy its sublimity.
- Dr. M. Sainath
Student and Research Scholar (1985 – 1994), Department of Physics
Faculty Member (1995-2008), Department of Physics
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
Prasanthi Nilayam Campus
Currently, Director – Campus, Bearys Institute of Technology, Mangalore
Source: Sai Nandana 2000 (75th Birthday Issue)