Sai Baba’s “Light Body” cont.
For All Sai Baba devotees and followers interested in the Kodaikanal occurrences of earlier this year, here’s more about Sathya Sai Baba’s Light Body. I received this sweet story “Swami and his Mission,” today by email. Sadly the person who actually posted the article is unnamed. The story has a ring of truth about it, because many of us have heard similar stories over the years, when Sai Baba was alive. Many of us saw his aura, a beautiful radiant light that seemed to envelope us all in its embrace. One of my first posts on this blog was about Swami’s Aura – my experience from 1994, Whitefield, Sai Ramesh Hall.
All great masters can reveal their true radiance when they choose to. The most famous story of this happening, is of course, that of Christ – The Transfiguration. Thanks to a friend on Facebook, here’s a very eloquent description or interpretation of the Transfiguration from JG Bennett. (Underneath the next para.)
Swami to an elderly devotee about His Mission:
He said, “I am showing you My Light Body. This is who I really am. You think that this little, orange-robed Body is who I am. Not at all.” And then He explained that He could project Himself from this Light Body into this orange One and go to London, Singapore or Timbuktu or wherever, as that is His ability. He said, “You also have this Light Body, but you don’t know that this is your Self. This is My real Self. As you will be willing to visualise this, and meditate on this, you will be making more contact with your own Light Body.” […].
Later on, when I was giving a seminar in a big centre, not too far from Frankfurt in Germany, (they were all Baba devotees.) There was a boutique; they were selling Japa Mala [prayer beads], pictures of Baba and books. I saw at the end of the room a stand with greeting cards. I went to it and to my utter, utter surprise, I saw a card with exactly the same Light Body, not with Baba but with Jesus! It was painted by a Theosophist. This was how He gave me a verification of what I had been receiving.
Sai Ram – posted today on Thy Kingdom Come by Anon.
(Thanks to Maria L. for reminding me that today is its commemoration.)
Detail of The Transfiguration by Theophan the Greek
JG Bennett’s understanding of The Transfiguration of Christ
‘The key to understanding the Transfiguration is the transmission of Divine Love. If we recognise that this, and not the redemption of mankind from sin as St. Paul supposed, was the mission undertaken by Jesus we see the event in its true perspective. The obstacle to this vision is our false conception of love as a polar force of attraction, similar to the attraction between two bodies carrying opposite electric charges, or between the poles of a magnet. Attraction implies repulsion. As unlike charges attract, like charges repel. If the love between man and God were of such a character, it would imply that man and God stood – at opposite poles and could never be united without losing their love for one another. Divine Love does not derive its power from separation but from union. It is not fullness but emptiness, not Being but the Void.
The Transfiguration was an action that embraced all worlds. The three disciples belonged to the natural world, but they had already been initiated, with the rest of the twelve, into the spirit world. Moses and Elias unite the world of spirit and the world of creativity. Moses represents the covenant made by the giving of the Law, and especially the covenant of Love between Jahweh and his people (Deuteromony 27-30) and brought up-to-date in the covenant of the Essenes. Elias stands for the creative power that works miracles. Jesus goes beyond all the limitations of time and space and is in direct communication with the Father, represented by the Voice from the Cloud. I believe that there was a seventh person present, but as no such suggestion appears anywhere in the scriptures, I shall not mention his name at this stage.
…The Transfiguration was the making of the New Covenant of Love and the Revelation was that this covenant requires from man humiliation or abasement, which alone can liberate him from the egoism which keeps him prisoner of the worlds of time and death. We must remember that according to the Books of Exodus and Kings, both Moses and Elijah spoke with God and were transformed, so that they were no longer men like the rest of mankind. A similar transformation was wrought in the disciples with Jesus on the mountain. They were made aware of the presence of God and this burned up their egoism and left them completely empty. This was the very core of the mission of Jesus. Once it was accomplished what subsequently happened was the process of opening the channel of Divine Love to the other disciples and eventually to all who were capable of receiving it.
Abasement and humiliation are spontaneous when finite man finds himself in the immediate presence of the Unfathomable Truth. But it is also necessary to live through humiliation here in this world in order to be established in Love. The gospel story, from the Transfiguration on, is concerned with humiliation.’
JG Bennett ‘The Masters of Wisdom’ (Turnstone Books) http://www.gurdjieffdominican.com/time_of_christ_Bennett.htm