Sathya Sai Baba with Dear Sai Geeta – now passed on.
Recently, I’ve not mentioned Sathya Sai Baba on the blog. I felt it was time to continue on with other spiritual topics. Although I spent 22 years visiting his ashram, I was never really part of the in-crowd. I stayed pretty much on the outside, Saiwise. Looking back, perhaps it was a good thing. However, when I read Ted’s letter (posted here), I became sentimental about Swami’s ashram again. I too, miss the ethereal feel of the inner darshan that is always available in the heart of the samadhi area, also the adjacent area. The vibrations that seem to permeate the ashram are light and extremely peaceful. How I miss them. Now, so far away and fully engrossed with the selling of my house in France, I feel the past 20 years with Swami were but a dream. I really don’t have any plans to return, other than if our house does not sell. That being the case then I guess, another visit will be planned – I wonder?
I do hope Sai devotees and others will enjoy this sweet letter from Ted. (with thanks.)
I really needed to write this post right now to calm my jagged nerves. Today was a little fraught with trying to save a tiny bird from a horrible death. He’d/she’d flown into our French windows and was on the ground in shock. I left him/her for an hour but he/she did not move. His/her breathing was way to fast and his little feathers were all standing up. He looked so cold. I hastily made a shoebox nest for him with leaves and twigs, lifted him gently from the ground with some paper towel and placed him in the box – but not without incident – as he flew into the window again, causing my heart to turn over with fright. At last I managed to place him in the box and now ” another” whole hour later, he has regained enough strength to fly away. Phew! that was a close call for this little fledgling…. I hope he stays well and lives a long life. And now to Ted’s reminisces.
Love as Thought is Truth.
Love as Action is Right Conduct.
Love as Understanding is Peace.
Love as Feeling is Non-violence.
Duty without love is deplorable.
Duty with love is desirable.
Love without duty is Divine. -Baba
LETTERS FROM INDIA #11
~ TOPIC: A slower pace
~ DATE: January 10, 2013
~ FROM: Souljourns (Ted Henry)
~ THE MAIN EVENT
All is well here. Sai Baba is everywhere and his hand hand can be seen here in everyone’s lives. From dawn to dusk people talk of amazing first person experiences, from dawn to dusk my head spins from what I hear, see, learn and understand. Enough said.
~ LIFE IS BUT A BREEZE
Somewhere from deep within the Deccan Plateau comes an evening breeze that regularly cools off the still tiny town of Puttaparthi. Following the evening bhajans and darshan, the walkway back to Round House 1 is a good place to catch the breeze that always seems to bring the day’s best relief from the hot winter sun. Yes, it is winter here, but who would know? Daily the temp climbs to the high 80s with seldom a cloud in sight.
I do tend to go on about the ambiance of Sai Baba’s beautiful ashram. Actually I can’t help it. The late day’s devotional singing in the open air prayer hall clearly sets the stage for the brief program that remains at the end of each day here, a good dinner and a long read of one of the hundreds of Baba books available in the ashram. Jody is the chief reader in our apartment, but I manage to get in some good reading as well. And to my credit, as of heading into our sixth week here, I have yet to read a single word in any of the novels I brought to India with me.
The evenings are anything but lively here. You’ve got the sound of the crickets outside, the occasional howling dog off in the distant, and the ever present whirring of the two ceiling fans in our flat.
~ SOULJOURNS INTERVIEWS
We spent time with Jay Jethna yesterday. Jay is from Austrailia and works for the United Nations. On video he told us three amazing stories, not the least of which occurred back in 1968.
Jay was 13 at the time living in Uganda, where he was born. A friend told him that he had heard that God was coming to town in two days. Jay couldn’t wait and was extremely excited even though he had no idea if “The Blessed One” had a name or what he looked like. Jay and his family showed up to wait for Baba at the 6 pm appointed hour. It wasn’t until 1 o’clock in the morning that the country’s important guest finally arrived. Several people got out of the car but there was no sign of Him. When Jay asked someone about this he was told that the man in the orange clothes with fuzzy hair was who everyone was waiting for and that his name was Sai Baba. Jay had seen this man get out of the car earlier but thought he was one of the security guards.
The next day Jay sneaked into the backyard of the people hosting Sai Baba trying to get another view of the important visitor. Baba was blessing people in the yard when he spotted Jay in the back. When he went up to Jay, Baba told Jay that he was not well, which was true since Jay had suffered from a serious life long asthma condition.
And then Baba said, “Go”, but Jay thought this meant Baba wanted him to leave, to go back to school. But Baba wanted to see Jay for an interview, of course and later, once inside the host’s home Baba produced a fluid from the palm of his hand and applied it to Jay and said, “Go, no more sickness”.
Jay left and from that day forward he has never suffered from asthma again in his life. Twenty two years passed before Jay gave much thought to Baba again. At the age of 33, he was visiting a shopping mall with his wife in Hong Kong. On the sign board were the words, “Sai Baba and this made him think.” This prompted Jay and his wife to visit the tenth floor offices of the local Sai Baba center. As they entered, bhajans were underway, something Jay and his wife, Julie had never been exposed to, but they stayed anyway and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Needless to say, Jay reconnected with Sai Baba in his life and has become an ardent devotee coming to Prasanthi countless times since turning 33. Jay has two additional stories to share on Souljourns, both of which are blockbusters. Look for them soon at vimeo.com/souljourns and/or youtube.com/souljourns.
Also look for the many other Souljourns interviews we’re recording in India. So far we have about 30 of them recorded, and in their own way they’re all powerful. Many of them include useful guidance for additional spiritual growth.