One Vast Garden, Ananadamayi Ma – Inspirational Quotations

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It’s raining again so i decided it was time to create a video of my garden. I can’t sit in my garden this summer, it’s far too wet, but I can look at my photos. Actually, i spent the morning weeding and cutting back tree branches, until the skies opened and drenching rain poured down, putting an end to the weeding work. I am sure my 1/3rd of an acre garden has been the biggest joy and sense of achievement in my life, although it is hard work.

I don’t expect to live here  for too many more years.  But I have such fond memories of sweet summers and dazzling golden falls, through my collection of digital photos. Now with you tubes on line, we ‘all’ can capture our pleasant moments and keep them forever. We’re Really blessed that way.

This you tube, should you decide to watch is better seen on LARGE screen.

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“I find one vast garden spread out all over the universe.

All plants, all human beings, all higher mind bodies

are about in this garden in various ways ,

each has his own uniqueness and beauty.

Their presence and variety give me great delight.

Every one of you adds with his special feature to the glory of the garden.”

~ Anandamayi Ma

 

See The Divine In Everyone – Early Devotees

I bumped into Anil Kumar in Samadhi Road. He stopped and said, “do you want a photo?” I replied “yes!”

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When you see the world with the eye of divine bliss, you will find bliss everywhere. If there is hatred in your vision, you will see hatred everywhere. Hence, change your vision to start with. Look at the world with the vision of peace, love, and compassion. Then the whole world will appear loving and peaceful. When your heart is filled with love, you will experience the Divine in the entire cosmos. See the Divine in everyone. Eschew hatred and ill will. After years of devotion, many still lack a broad outlook and an all-encompassing love. Embodiments of love! Promote love in your hearts incessantly, love that is immortal and infinite. – Baba

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Role of our life

You are only actors on the stage before the footlights. The Director, who knows the Play, who assigns the roles, who gives the cues, who calls you in and puts you on, is behind the curtain. You are a puppet; He holds the strings. If He must be seen, you have to be His ‘Sakhaa’ (friend) or ‘Bandhu’ (kinsman). Merely being an onlooker will not entitle you to approach Him and be in His Holy Company. Cultivate His Friendship or Kinship by the attitude of Love and dedicated Service. -Baba

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I have come not to disturb or destroy any faith, but to confirm each in his own faith – so that the Christian becomes a better Christian, the Muslim, a better Muslim, and the Hindu a better Hindu. -Baba

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Bear all and do nothing;

Hear all and say nothing;

Give all and take nothing; – Baba

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Party Time for Peter

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Love

Make your life a rose that speaks silently in the language of the heart. The Lord will be watching with a thousand eyes the least activity of man to discover any slight trace of selfless love sweetening it. Bear all and do nothing; Hear all and say nothing; Give all and take nothing; Serve all and be nothing. -Baba

I spend my time here during the winter months.
Here I find sanctury.

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  Serve all and be nothing. -Baba

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me? have been visiting Puttaparthi for 21 years.
many changes since my first visit. Time has
slipped by so quickly.

Anil’s shoes

Strange  story about the photo of Anil Kumar shoes. My camera would not work well on my recent  visit to PN. The focus kept jumping about and nothing could stop it, no matter how often i changed the settings. I had previously put the camera setting to “bracketing mode” (3 shots per click.) |I am not sure if I’d not left it there. Often, I captured the most appalling shots of people or ” parts” of people.  I had not aimed that camera towards Anil’s shoes. But there you are, here are his shoes.

Truth Is My Name, Youtube Part 3 – Early Devotees

Wonderful you tube from the “Truth Is My Name” series. This one has a short and meaningful discourse translated by Richard Boch, who was with Swami  during the early years. The young Sai speaks well and his words carry a wonderful message of hope. In later years the discourses, perhaps due to Swami’s age,  did not  carried as much richness and clarity as the early ones. I like this youtube and hope you too will enjoy it too.  Looking again at the you tube, I believe it was filmed in Whitefield. The easiness and casualness of Sai among the students and devotees is refreshing and one has to feel somewhat sad that the latter years were filled with separated seating, stiff rules, curfews and a tough and harsh security that did little to enhance unity and peace of mind or love.  I remember Sai saying in the latter years, “No one listens to me.” In, fact one year during the late 1990’s,  Sai stopped giving daily discourses, due to people’s indifference to his words.  Yet here, on film, one feels that his words are appreciated and taken to heart.

   

“God is pure and attributeless. Such an attributeless and unsullied divinity is present in every human being. All human beings are, in fact, the reflections of such an omnipresent divinity. Hence, every human being has to be considered as the embodiment of Divinity and respected. Though God is omnipresent, He assumes a particular form and serves human beings in many ways. Right from now, realise this truth that all names and forms are His. Anybody you come across, consider them as the embodiment of Divinity. When you develop such an attitude, you can see God anywhere and everywhere.

Develop the firm conviction that you and God are only one. When you attain such a firm conviction, you become one with God. For example, you keep a number of photos of Sai Baba in your puja room. But, in all the photos, you will find that the same God is photographed in different poses. When you realise the underlying unity of Divinity, there can be no room for any confusion. You will be able to realise the truth.”

-Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai, My Story – Sathya Sai Memories Cont.

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My Story

“Sai Baba to a devotee in 2009 – “In two years there will be no more foreigners here.” Most of my friends living in Puttaparthi have left. It is the end of an era. The whole point of being with the guru is to grow in wisdom. Once you have had the physical presence for so long, it is time to go away and put into practice what you have learnt. Remember always, the journey, is from oneself to oneself. It is not a point of who is the best, the closest or the most popular among us. These habits belong to the world, not to people wishing to advance on the spiritual path.  Sai should not be  thought of as a personality, but a spiritual mirror. The guru is first and foremost a Mirror into our hearts.

 

What does a guru do?

“The very first lesson devotees learn from a guru is to catch his hint. A guru always hints. Later on when the devotee is well on his way, the hint will be felt even stronger and comes to be known as the ‘divine hint.’ To some people the guru will use words to aid the devotee to learn. Sometimes, even orders are given, because orders are  easy to understand. The devotee needs always to understand the hint,  for if the hint is lost so also  is the opportunity of learning.

The grace of God cannot be seized; it descends. The actions of the Guru are nothing in themselves; they are only for the good of the devotees. We are loved by the guru and then we feel love for the guru in return. The love is created.  To say ‘I love you’ is easy, but to realise it is difficult. Here is the hidden the mystery of the issue: God Realisation, or Truth.

The guru who has planted the love in the heart of a devotee will always look after him/her, as the gardener looks after a plant; he does not want it to die. The guru devotee relationship is ‘a journey of the soul’…..  Devotee and guru have links with each other from the past. From other dimension too, from where they come.  Returning together although, we might not recognise this link at first, the Guru always knows his devotees. Time and Space does not exist for him. Devotees  come back many times  to be with the guru. Sometimes the training can be rough, for others it is according to their temperament. Some are trained according to the will of the guru. Each of us are at different places of understanding. We are trained accordingly.”


 

Thirty years have passed since I first heard about Sathya Sai Baba. I can still remember vividly the Sunday afternoon in a bookshop in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. when, out of the blue a young man came up to me and said, “That’s rubbish!” He then pointed to the book I was looking at and grinned. I asked why was it rubbish. He did not explain, he only asked me to follow him to the next book aisle where there were books on Indian philosophy   and various other subjects to do with India. He pointed out a book with an orange cover. “That’s the book for you.” he said then took the book out from the bookcase and placed it into my hand. I glanced at the book without much ado. The little man on the front cover grabbed my attention. His afro hairdo did not exactly turn me on. I was not into Indian gurus at that time. In fact, I knew little about India and absolutely nothing about Indian traditions or religion. I declined the book. The young man, who interested me more than the book because he was so good looking, began a short conversation. I cannot remember just what about, but in the end he decided he would buy the book for me. “”Oh I don’t want it!” I said with a sigh. It wasn’t a book I would read. He insisted. We went to the counter of the bookshop and he paid for the book and gave it to me. Before he left, he wrote an address inside the book cover where bhajans were held in the state Maryland. I lived in Virginia and knew there was no way I would ever make it all the way around the beltway to Bethesda, Maryland to learn more about the guru. The book was put away in my bookcase and never read. It would be years later before I was to meet, again by chance, another person, who would introduce me to Sai Baba with more positive results. I did not visit India until 1990, years after the first introduction to him through the book incident in the Yes bookshop, in Washington, D.C.

The years with Sai Baba passed by quickly. I visited every year and sometimes twice a year, until recently. Those early years, now a distant memory, were full of sweetness and surprise. We were free to roam the ashram at will. Darshans were regular and always at the same time. Sai never kept us waiting. A front line was not too hard a task in those days and we all saw plenty of him. Playful, mischievous and caring, he reflected back to us our own strengths and weaknesses like a mirror. I also noticed, at times, he appeared shy – yet, he always hid his grins from us, when we made him laugh unexpectedly. He was often formal, warm to many, cool to others, harsh with the undisciplined. We always knew our place when at darshan. He was never to be underestimated.  I have known Sai Baba, although not personally, most of my life and have survived many an ordeal in his ashram. Would I do it all again? I cannot say yes or no.  There was so much joy but also Sai is a harsh teacher, there were also many tears. Oftentimes, I felt left out or let down or have become doubtful. A terminal case of doubts always exist in devotees/followers until they have overcome the business of ‘overcoming the form.’  I suppose I’ve obtained another sort of wealth,  one not of this world. Only time will tell. I shall miss Sai Baba and his darshans. They  are fading  away, like summer flowers as the fall sets in…..


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Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will meet many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process.

-Sai Baba


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Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.

-Sai Baba

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