The Night of Sai-lence, A Meditation – Early Devotees

This is delightful and a very special piece, a sort of xmas piece… and here is a Baba xmas photo to go with this.

Swami, Christmas, 2003

I am, at the moment, writing from Bangalore, while taking a small break from my ashram routine in Puttaparthi. Would like to pass on to you all, that the mandir is quite wonderous. The vibes are peaceful and Baba’s vitality is still very much evident there. Morning bhajans, together with the vedas, brings much calm and healing to all those who gather. I am quite amazed as to how much more I enjoy the mandir now that the crowds are gone and the old circus-like atmosphere time has passed. Now we have, at last, many more mediators and others who come here just to be close to Baba on a non physical level. He did say, years ago, that ‘first the brown monkeys will come, then the red monkeys will come, then the worldly people, and lastly the spiritual people. I feel his prophecy in that regard is now complete.

I’ve found or rather re- found the writings of Charles Penn, who was an early devotee of Baba’s. Must say i am enjoying re-reading his meditation’s and have decided to post several here on the blog for those people who cannot visit Puttaparthi or buy the book. I am not even sure the book is still in print.

Charles Penn

This small piece is called “The Night of Sai-lence” – a very poetic piece written sometime in the 1960’s. As an early devotee, Charles Penn enjoyed a closeness to Baba that most of us could only dream of. This ‘writing’ comes from his book “My Beloved“.

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The Night of Sai-lence – A Meditation

The lord’s divine temple in the heavens has existed in all of its’ majesty since the beginning of time.

Light from myriads of diamonds in all their brilliance brighten His sky where His lustrous pearl mirrors His gold orb. All are held together by His eternal night of Sailence, His kingdom, so vast, so splendid.god

Within His kingdom lives gods and goddesses created through His divine will, each manifested to His likeness for His joy. To them He gave brightness and He gave them darkness.

His Sailent night is deep, inspirational. It is then we can each become one with Him and He one with us. Sacrifice not even one of these Sailent nights, so filled with His sweet grace.

The nights that give us the chance to glorify Him and have Him open our divine heart to accept the love He showers upon us. Let us feel ourselves wafting freely in His playground where we may adore Him.

Wish not for the light of day to quicken for in it we become blinded to our real self. The ever-sweet Sailent night allows us to go deeper into our soul of souls to receive the stimulus of His awakening within. When we become one with Him, our countenance reveals the inner joy. With its radiance, we banish all fear. Never again can His presence be taken away. His light will burn forever more.

The Sailient night now awaits to caress us, to shower our path to Him with petals from the lotus that blossoms eternally. There within, we are what we truly are. Love. All of our yearnings end, for the wings of that love carry us ever forward to His greater heavens illumined by gems sending forth colours, reflecting from our eyes His wondrous light.

The earthly multitudes need weep no more, for their plight of day vanishes by night. The Sailent night is ours to seek the freedom we so long for in the light of day. As the night approaches, be eager for His hand to lead us to His kingdom. Let us be ever awake in the higher consciousness within, for that is the secret key to our beloved’s doorway to everlasting joy and freedom.

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(Amazon Uk shows several used copies as
 title: My Beloved
 Author: Charles Penn
 Date: 1981
 Unknown Binding: 136 pages
 Publisher: Sri Sathya Sai Books & Publications, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (1981)
 Language: English
 ASIN: B0007C82QK)