The Transfiguration of Christ And Baba’s Light Body – Cont.

Christ - The Transfiguration. pic. thanks to "Teilhard de chardin" Blog.
Christ – The Transfiguration. pic. thanks to “Teilhard de chardin” Blog.

 

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.
https://sathyasaimemories.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/the-halo-sathya-sai-memories-cont/


 

The Transfiguration

(Thanks to Maria L. for reminding me that today is its commemoration.)

Detail of The Transfiguration by Theophan the Greek

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

 

The Darshan Letter – Sathya Sai Memories Cont.

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A Long, Long Time Ago Letter

 

 

It was an afternoon in the summer of 1992, when I was sitting in the Mandir between darshan and bhajans, that the following letter was passed to me by a lady sitting nearby. The letter was so touching that I kept it for years. We have included the letter here on Sai Memories as a reminder of how devotees felt about the Ashram all those years ago.



“Use every little experience as a teaching tool. Put out of your mind any belief in chance or accident and know that everything that happens here, down to the smallest thing, is an outpouring of my limitless love and tailored especially for you. Notice the lines you get, the state of your health and body, the way you feel, wash, eat and look, whom you meet and how you are doing. See if you accept the whole experience with calm equanimity. Center your attention on me. See the whole atmosphere as a reflection of your inner-being. The Mandir is your heart. I dwell in it. The ashram is your identity and the village your worldly desires. In the village, you are strongly pulled outward and away from me. In the ashram you have more of a chance, but it is still very easy to get distracted. In the mandir (your heart) you can actually see me from time to time, but even there it is easy to be only half present and not realise that I love to give.  By my grace this outer show gives you the means to strengthen the contact to me in your own heart. Make use of the time. Concentrate every iota of your attention on me. Open yourself totally whenver you catch a glimpse of my gown. Be ready to accept and I’ll give, but don’t expect. Think always of those more deserving than you and know that what you receive is an act of grace and love. Be open and free from fantasy and projection. Just be mine and I’ll be yours. This way you will find happiness and fulfilment. Remember that I am not only in the Sai Baba form here, though that is central, but hidden embodied in everyone who is here. Can you find me in them or are you distracted by their outer characteristics and habits?   Look deeper – In eyes that love and yearn for me is my darshan also available. Honour and learn from the devoted; there are many examples here. Accept my grace from whatever source it comes. Be loved and blessed.”