A beautifully written note by
Aravind, a young man who works at Radiosai in Prashanti
Nilayam. He takes pictures and videos daily of Swami in
Prashanti and was the one who took the poignant pictures of
Swami with His Hands in Namaskar. -Sai Ram,
>>The 27th of April 2011 saw poignant scenes - the likes of
which have never ever been witnessed on the face of this
earth. As the Mahasamadhi of an Avatar was witnessed the
world over by a number unmatched in human history, tears
flowed unbounded. Being in the world at this point in time
was such a cleansing experience, for the whole atmosphere
was washed with tears - pure, selfless, love-filled and
>>They were sufficient to wipe out all sins committed by all
humanity it seemed! A lot has been written about the
Mahasamadhi of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and a lot more
will be written for this is ‘His’tory! But here is a little
thought I thought I would share.
>>The amount of prayers that have gone on in the world has
been tremendous. The name of Sai filled every conceivable
space for it had been enshrined in a billion hearts.
Bhajans, service activities and spiritual sadhana of
unprecedented proportions pulsated on Mother Earth.
>>At the physical level, the best man and the best machines
worked tirelessly day and night at the temple of Healing
that He Himself had built. His most dear students constantly
were by His side and aware of every breath He was taking.
The sheer magnitude of the combined effort of every devotee
was enough to bring life into an inert stone! And yet, the
Lord took Mahasamadhi.
>>This thought had plagued me when I realized that prayer is
not an act of asking God or telling God. It is silent
communion with Him. When we either ask of tell God, we make
the preposterous and utterly foolish assumption that we know
better than Him.
>>Swami often tells us the story of two farmers - one who
prayed for rain for his crops, the other who prayed for a
dry day so that his daughter’s wedding could go on
uninterrupted. Whose prayers should God listen to?
>>Should He listen to the one who cries more? Or to the one
who pines more? Should He give precedence to age or should
He give precedence to status and influence?
>>Of course! He will listen to the one who loves Him truly.
And who is that? Naturally, the one who has surrendered to
His will. When one has surrendered to His will, is not
prayer redundant? Our definition of prayer changes as we
realize that the one who is always in sync with the Lord has
his prayers answered, for he always prays for what the Lord
has already willed!
>>This is indeed a very different way of thinking. If my
prayer is answered, it is because I was in sync with God; I
was in communion with Him. If my prayer has not been
answered, I was not in sync with Him; I have to make efforts
to be in communion with Him.
>>It is everyone’s experience that we feel some intuitive
urges. And then, these urges just manifest themselves. Let
us know that these are instances when we have been in
communion with Him.
>>And when these intuitive urges have manifested for me, I
have felt the thrill of experiencing Him. I see Him, hear
Him and feel Him and He speaks to me! I feel the thrill
because I ‘know’ His plan. And I know His plan because I
have been able to be in sync with Him for those precious
>>That is why, when I found some instances in my life where
Swami indicated His Mahasamadhi, I felt so relieved. It felt
wonderful to ‘know’ that its all part of His Masterplan. In
the pages of my diary I discovered a dream where months
before, He indicated that He would be leaving soon.
>>Just like someone with white hair dyes it, or a person who
loses teeth puts dentures, I too covered up my knowledge of
the dream and went about my life. And then, Swami gave the
most poignant indication!
>>It happened on the evening of 20th of March. Swami had not
been ‘keeping well’ if I may use that term. His darshans
were few and spaced between. And yet on this day, He took
two darshan rounds. He called all the students who were
seated for blessings and poured grains on their head. (about
40 students were blessed that day).
>>He distributed a few sweets and smiled at all present. He
even called the tiny tots from Primary school and blessed
them. In the words of a very senior singer, “Today Swami
seems so hyper active!!” There was rejoicing. And when He
received Aarthi, everyone were thrilled with His tapping His
hands rhythmically. And then it happened...
>>As the Samastha Loka chant filled the air, Swami raised
His hands. But it was not the familiar Abhayahastha. He had
FOLDED HIS PALMS IN SALUTATION! He seemed to send a
beautiful message, “Salute all for God is in all”. The Vedic
chant “Sahasra sheersha Purusha” resounded in my heart. (
That hymn says that God has thousand limbs, heads and sense
organs symbolic of the fact that God is in all.) In the
Bharatiya custom, this is how one takes leave after a visit!
>>My hairs stand at their end and I have goosebumps when I
realize how Swami had indicated the Mahasamadhi. But I did
not see! Swami says, “Pashyan Api Na Pashyati Moodho” (You
fool! You see and yet do not see!) That was the condition.
But I took pictures that day.
>>And today, just seeing the pictures is so relieving and
enthralling for it told me that Swami knows His plans. Even
when He was fine and was a week away from being ‘admitted’
to the hospital, Swami had shown us His decision.
>>And in showing us this decision, He also showed us His
expectations. He wants our lives to be His message and one
of His final acts of benediction teaches us that we should
see Him in all just as He saw Himself in all. We should bow
to Him in all just as He bowed to Him in all. We should love
all and serve all just as He did.
>>And in order to share the experience, insight and
blessings from Swami that day, I post the following five
images. Let us pledge to Him that we will live in our lives
imbibe His message of pure Love for all. And as a teardrop
makes its way down my cheek, a firm resolve flows in my
blood - a resolve to Love Him and see Him in all!"