|Sri Chakravarthi and Smt. Sudha with Sri Sathya Sai|
In July, I was transferred to Hyderabad from Anantapur. I had sought Bhagavan's permission to take leave for about 20 days and spend the time with Him, before joining my new assignment. After spending the days with Him, the time came for us to leave for Hyderabad. My wife was feeling quite sad the night before the day of our departure, she sat outside the room, well past midnight. The next morning when Bhagavan came to our room, He said "You did not sleep last night and were crying. I will give you the rare opportunity of looking after the school at Hyderabad, which I have set up recently. I shall appoint you as the Director and Correspondent of My school. Do you think, you are losing a link with Me? Don't worry, I shall provide you a hundred links with Me". Looking at me, He said, "Government may send you away from here. But I shall not send you". Once again, I did not understand then what those words meant. But looking back, we know that the assurance He gave then was fulfilled by Him. He appointed me as the Registrar of His Deemed University when it was set up. But it was another five years before that happened. During those five years, there had been many instances of His Grace and Mercy expressing itself.
|Sri Chakravarthi garlanding Sri Sathya Sai as the Registrar of SSSIHL|
In 1977, I was deputed to undergo a refresher course in one of this stations for a fortnight After about a week of the course I had a nasty fall in the bathroom when I felt something like a temporary blackout. When I regained consciousness, I found that there was a gash in my jaw and the bone was visible. I must have hit some sharp edge as I fell down. There was a rusty water closet over my head, and I seemed to have pulled it as I fell. When I got up I found that it had not luckily fallen on my head. was taken to the hospital and the doctor put a few stitches.
I did not inform my wife about it over the telephone or telegram. I returned with the bandage and stitches on, after two days when the course was over. She was visibly upset seeing me in that condition. She asked me as to what happened and when. I narrated it to her. She then said that around the time the accident happened to me, her Mangalasutra gave way as she was playing with our dogs. She got panicky with the thought that something bad had happened to me or is about to happen. Her immediate response was to convey what she considered as a bad omen to Bhagavan and got assurance from Him that He will look after me. She was able to convey the message to Bhagavan and in less than half an hour she got the return message from Puttaparthi - "Your message to Swami conveyed. Swami said that He will be always with Chakravarthi and look after him. Madam, one more thing. Swami told that you should not take Calmpose tablets. Actually, she was planning to take calmpose tablets to overcome her agitation and restlessness. A day or two later, Bhagavan sent Vibhuti Prasadam to my wife through some devotees who were returning to Hyderabad. Again, after another few days Bhagavan enquired from a few more devotees coming from Hyderabad whether they had seen me before coming to Puttaparthi. Bhagavan mentioned to them as to how He saved me from what would have otherwise been a fatal accident. He sent word through them that when I get better I should come to Puttaparthi with my wife. As soon as the stitches were removed, my wife and I came to Puttaparthi. He called me and my wife for interview, during the course of which He said that He had given me another life in order to fulfil His promise to my wife during the first interview that He will keep her a Sumangali! To reaffirm it, He solemnized our marriage again. That was indeed a touching moment.
|Sri Chakravarthi with Sri Sathya Sai|
in the SSSIHL Admin Building
Through the years of my stay at Hyderabad, I was able to visit Puttaparthi and Brindavan to have Darshan of Bhagavan. Slowly deep within me was also growing a feeling that even as my physical and mental faculties are reasonably alright, I should seek Bhagavan's permission to take voluntary retirement and come to Puttaparthi and do whatever work was assigned. For more than a year, almost every month when I came for Darshan I made repeated requests. Every time Bhagavan put me off with one explanation or other as to why I should continue to be in the Indian Administrative Service.
The last nine years of my association with the Institute has been providing me many opportunities to be in the proximity of Bhagavan both as the Revered Chancellor of the institute and as the Divine Chancellor of the Universe. it has been a constant process of unlearning, learning and relearning.
|Sri Chakravarthi as Registrar addressing the SSSIHL Convocation at the Poornachandra Auditorium - November 22, 1983|
Do such experiences with Baba prove His Divinity? In fact, how does one recognize the Divine? Do experiences occur because of Faith? OR Faith is born out of such experiences? Why are similar experiences not felt by many more? If the Divine has to claim scientific validity, should not all people get similar experiences under similar circumstances? Some are saved from accidents and some are not; some are cured of the diseases and some continue to suffer from the diseases. There are rich and poor; strong and weak; lucky and unlucky; successful and unsuccessful, bright and foolish. If all such inequalities are inborn, then the Divine is irrelevant; if they cannot be cured, then the Divine is not Omnipotent. I used to get upset by such questions earlier. But I have now come to feel that there are no intellectual answers to such questions. There is a simple and straight answer — The Divine is with us in the form of BHAGAVAN SRI SAI BABA, for those with eyes to see and mind to accept. All such questions relate to the realm of dichotomy and division. We cannot try to mechanically reconcile life's contradictions. We can only experience the transmutation of the opposites. And such transmutation can come only from a constant consciousness that the world of external objects and experiences are not the Final and Total Reality.
Life will have to move from inconsistent multiplicity to transcendent unity. That is to say, we will have to understand the limitations of body, mind and senses through which we perceive only the multiplicities and contradictions and recognize the expansiveness of Soul and Spirit which harmonizes and unifies. We will have to recognize that the real can be obtained only through the unreal, the permanent through the fleeting, the eternal through the perishable.
Have I found the place where I started? I seem to be in the process of finding. How long will it take? Can it be found in this lifetime itself? Or will it take more lives? At least I know I am on the royal road, though many miles to go. But with Bhagavan as the Goal, as the road and as the Guide, I am sure to cover the miles.
|Sri Chakravarthi with Sri Sathya Sai at the Hill View Stadium|
About The Author:
Mr. K. Chakravarthi, I.A.S. (Retd.) held several high positions under the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He joined the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of High Learning (Deemed University) as Registrar from its very inception November 1981. Since 1995, he served as Secretary of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust at Prasanthi Nilayam. From 2011, he is a Trustee of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Since July 2018, Sri Chakravarthi is the Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.
Source: Sai Vandana 1990 (65th Birthday Offering)