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Mother saves her child with three holes in the heart, with devotion

 by Smt.Lakshmi(Thanka) wife of Sri Murugan

Om Sharavanabhava

 

Divine Grace ‘echoed’!

 

A unique experience of a devotee of Sadhguru Sri Sharavana Baba was reported in Saraswathi Mantapam, Sreekrishnapuram, Palakkad, Kerala, India on Tuesday the 29th March 2016 during Satsangi around mid-day.

 

Smt. Lakshmi(Thanka), wife of Sri Murugan (who is a daily wage worker in the nearby village, Alanallur,Mannarkad), shared her unbelievable experience of divine healing of her two-year old child, master Shivadas.

 

About few weeks ago, the Child’s mother noticed the child stopped eating any food and with was ailing with a bleeding nose.

 

The child was taken to many medical colleges at different towns, but without any clear diagnosis. Lastly, the Calicut Medical College disclosed the rare anomaly of three holes in the child's heart!!

 

Doctors immediately advised surgery to be conducted at Sri Chithra Hospital, Trivandrum.

 

Before the scheduled date of surgery, Smt. Lakshmi was forced by her well wishers to visit Om Sharavanabhava Matham, Sreekrishnapuram, to take darshan of Sadhguru Sri Sharavana Baba.

 

With undaunted will she reached the ashram at Sreekrishnapuram with her ailing child. But, alas! she was denied darshan. After this high drama, Sri Babaji’s mother and sister were brought to the scene by another relative, Smt. Usha Devi and together they succeeded in seeking Babaji's blessings for the ailing child.

 

After having heard about the agony Sri Babaji took the child on His lap, allowed his pranks, played with the child and let the mother take the child back home. Rest was assured.

 

Parents then took the child to the hospital, and after 15 days of observation and an 'echo test’ conducted on the child’s heart showed no holes! It was a normal, healthy heart!

 

Sri Chithra Hospital discharged the healthy child, silently flabbergasted by the miraculous development.

 

With her faith and undaunted will, the mother managed to seek the grace of Sadguru Sri Sharavanababa. She was even ready to sleep on the road, if necessary to wait for Babaji for the sake of her ailing child.

 

As shared by the devout mother of the child, in deep gratitude and reverence to beloved Sadhguru Sri Sharavana Baba.

 

Om Sharavana Bhava - Devotee experience

 by Devotee

It is not uncommon to witness miracles around a Sadhguru and time and again many of Sadhguru Shri Sharavana Babaji’s devotees have shared their divine experiences.

 

A few months ago Babaji alongwith 20 devotees had visited a holy shrine near Bangalore. Babaji asked all the devotees to carry some mud back with them and keep it safely in their homes. One of the devotees in the group placed the red mud in a small bronze vessel in their pooja place. A few days ago when they opened the vessel they were surprised to see the red mud had transformed into the form as seen in the attached picture.

As Babaji puts it true faith and devotion can transform even dirt to divinity!

 

OM SHARAVANA BHAVA!

Haro Hara!

In the service of Babaji!

Sadhguru Sri Sharavana Babaji's devotee sharing experience

 by Devotee

Sadhguru Sri Sharavana Babaji's devotee sharing experience

ATHMA SAMARPANAM TO MY BELOVED GURU ON THIS GURUPOORNIMA

 by Abirami Sajin(Malaysia)

 

Pranaam To Babaji.

   I'm very much overjoyed to share this personal experience of mine which is a great miracle I witnessed with my own naked eyes.It happened on 14th July 2014. Two days after the gurupoornima. On gurupoornima myself and my husband had visited the Saravanabhava center here in Klang , Malaysia.This was our 1st visit of babaji's center here in Malaysia after we came here in May 2014.We had wanted to visit the center earlier, but due to some on the other reasons it went postponed. There is a saying, "Man proposes and God disposes". We were destined to visit the center on Gurupoornima. We couldn't make it on time to the pooja at the center since we had to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Klang and also we were held up with some official works too.We offered our prayers and had prasadam from there.Two days after which this miracle happened.

  Early morning i went to our pooja room to light up the lamps and offer my prayers.I was astonished to see Babaji's photo with 3 dots of vibhoothi or bhasmam.This photo was given to me by my mother in Calicut, India while moving to Malaysia after my marriage.When she was giving me this photo,she had told me to daily offer my prayers and whatever difficulties I have, to stand in front of the photo and speak out to babaji.He will definitely answer all my prayers.Out of the 3 dots,2 were small.The one beside babaji's right cheek bone was slightly big as a bindhi or pottu.First, i thought it was the ashes from the inscense sticks i light.When i looked at the inscense sticks ashes,it was dark greyish.But the spots on my photo were light coloured.It was exactly the colour of the vibhoothi we get at darshan from babaji.I realised the truth and I immediately what's app'd my mother the image and told her.My parents told babaji this and he said it is his gurupoornima prasadam for me.From then,everyday there is vibhoothi coming from the photo.The photo is filled with vibhoothi and there is vibhoothi all around the photo.I've shared the photo here.

   My first encounter with babaji was way back in May 2005.Its long 10 years now that our family has been his devotees.

   Over the 10 years, there has been many miracles and changes in our family.Babaji has always been there with us thick and thin in every difficult time.Indeed, he saved my father's life when he was suffering from Liver Cirrhosis.I yet remember what babaji had told my mother when she was crying while my father was seriously ill and hospitalised.Babaji told her that "he would give his life to save my father's life". Those few words of consoling and assurance is our strength till today.To my family,babaji is everything.There is nothing beyond him for us. Over the years,babaji has changed my life.He brought light into my life from darkness.There has been many ups and downs.With his blessings,i have overcome them.Babaji's satsang has alot of power in it.Sometimes,when we come for babaji's darshan to aashram with some kind of query in mind to ask babaji at darshan,you could get your answers from his satsang itself.You needn't wait till the darshan and speak out to babaji.He would have answered them at satsang.Babaji's satsang will bring us more close to him and every satsang has something new to teach us.

   Back home in Calicut Kerala,we have had the experience of the flower garland we put on babaji's photo grow bigger.You can see that in the picture here.His presence has always been around at home.

   Always keep your faith in Babaji.He will test you alot,but keep sticking to him with faith and he'll definitely help you overcome your difficulties.My acquaintance with babaji and the Saravanabhava madom has infused into me alot of good values.I've learned the values of life,parents,family etc all from my guru(babaji).Each time i encountered a problem,it was to teach me something new.Sometimes,when i used to encounter problems initially earlier,i would get diverted from the guru and would say there is no use in praying and keeping faith in him.It was my mother who always at that time brought me back from the diversion and told me to keep my faith.She would tell me that it is babaji testing me.Continue praying, keeping faith and definitely you will be revived from the troubles.

   Trust me,it is with my 10 years of experience i'm telling this.Whatever may be the difficulty,keep faith in him and continue your prayers.As babaji always tells in his satsang, "in this kaliyug,only prayers can save us".True faith and sincere prayers will definitely be answered.

   Once babaji had told me,
        "Namma seyuvathu subhramanniya sevai,
         Athu mattum ninaithal pothum!!!
         Sevaikal seyum pothu,kandhan sodhipar.
         Padhathai erukki pudichu,sevadhan en vaazhkai,
         Uyir ulla vareyum!!!
         Kandhan padhamthan en uyir.
         Ellam kandhanukku samarppanam!
         Ellam engalin leela thaane!!
         Athu mattum unarnthal,
         Apparum enna kavalai?"

 

I owe my life and whatever i'm today to babaji.He has always been there for us in all the difficulties we had in our family.Babaji is our family and he is everything for us.

I would want to end by quoting a saying by Lord Krishna:
        "man-mana bhava mad-bhakto
         mad-yaji mam namaskuru
         mam-evaisyasi yuktvaivam
         atmanam mat-parayanah"
                 -Bhagavad Gita (9:34).

 

Meaning,

"Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee,offer obeisances,and worship Me.Being completely absorbed in Me,surely you will come to Me".

On this gurupoornima,as gurudakshina to my Sadguru,I bow at his feet by offering aathma samarpana with my complete faith in him. Om saravanabhava.

 

-Abirami Sajin(Malaysia)
D/o: N.Vasudevan & Udayasree Vasudevan(Calicut,Kerala,India)

 

Christimas Tribute to Sadguru Sri Sharavana Baba from a devotee in Sweden

 by Leif Eriksson, Gothenburg, Sweden

The kingdom of God is within you
(Luke 17:21)

Celebrating of the birth of Christ at Christmas is essentially the celebration of a unique divine moment, the descent of an avatar. Christmas brings us the opportunity to get closer to the mystery of Lord Jesus Christ, closer to a messanger of light that in many aspects and in a similar manner resemble a living master of today ; Sri Sharavana Baba. And in several ways both the path of Veda and the core of the Bible in its essence embodies the wonderful words of Swamiji : ”There is only one religion, the religion of love”.

Here in the west Christmas is approaching, and it could be of spiritual benefit to reflect on the inner meaning of the most important solemnity we here in the West grew up with, and which for many people still is the most important time of the christian year. Beyond the increasing consumption hysteria and alarming tendency of the western societies more materialistic version of this holy feast, lies the mystery of a man that taught us to look behind the curtains of maya. Lord Jesus taught us to keep our attention on fundamental inner questions concerning our existence, and urged humanity to take refuge in the eternal great lessons within his mission ; compassion, forgiveness, simplicity, devotion, endurance in suffering, the importance of praying among many other spiritual aspects and qualities to hold on to during ignorant and dark ages.


By God’s grace Jesus, just like Swamiji, appeared on earth in a very difficult time, as a guiding beacon, to unconditionally love us, to correct us and to reveal to us the very inner essence of being a human being.

"Whenever virtue declines and vice predominates,
I incarnate as an Avatar.
In visible form I appear to destroy evil and re-establish virtue"
(Bhagavad-Gita IV: 7-8).

From a more rigid and narrow point of view we can find many discrepancies between vedic and christian perspective on fundamental spiritual issues, but on a deeper level we realize that these are only different paths leading towards the same goal; to be revaled to the holy truth, to understand the meaning of this universe and to obey divine laws. How and to what extent specific universal laws are emphasized within different belief system differs, but many times the deeper obvious coherence is present.
When Jesus is asked about John the Baptist he clearly answers:

"For all the prophets and the law have prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who was to come."(Matthew 11:13-14).

This is a very lucid commentary on the issue of reincarnation where Jesus without doubt express the principle of how the soul remains and the physical body is transitory; John the Baptist was actually Elijah in an earlier life.


Another quote from the bible clearly points out the law of karma : ”Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
– Galatians 6:7-8

Clarifying the impermanent nature of the material world is of course the base and the core value of most spiritual perspectives. And the few examples mentioned above are merely just examples, the more profound fundament of an underlying unity between different religious paradigms is the way that transcendental realities are described and witnessed. When Jesus says ”I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life ” he describes in one sentence what we have experienced in the presence of Swamiji and what we might have been overwhelmed by in deep prayer, in meditation, through shaktipat or through other spiritual practice.

So, let us celebrate Christmas in the spirit of great masters, in the light from the grace that we have been given by letting us exist in the presence a living avatars. Celebrating Christmas means celebrating the act of giving, and perhaps we could try to shift focus from the material dimension of the feast and see what the act of giving really means in a deeper sense. If love is unconditional giving, what are the real needs of the world today ? What are the deepest needs of our families, our guru, our self and all our fellow citizens of this world ?

Christmas holidays could be a wonderful time to contemplate the quality of giving, and a wonderful time for meditation, praying and reflection.

Om Sharavana Baba. Om. Amen.

Leif Eriksson, Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

Wonderful Experience of "SIVASAKTI", as preached by our beloved Sadguru Sri Sharavana Baba

 by Vijiandran Kassey,Hemalatha Govindarajan & Linggeshwaren Vijiandran

Om Saravanabava, Guruvai Varuvai Arulvai Guhane, May Lord Muruga,the Lord Of Nature, Nourish Mother Earth, for a productive agriculture wherein the farmers have a good harvest and may the rays of the sun, with the radiant blessings of Surya Baghavan bless all souls,i.e.all living beings in this world. My humble salutations and prostrations to my beloved Guru, Swami Murali Krishna, or fondly known as Sharavana Baba, who came into my life to give me solace and shower his blessings to all souls in this globe. Babaji's Love to all living beings can never be discounted because it was evident when he arrived at my house, on 15th June 2012(Friday), at almost 11.45a.m., my neighbour's dog, which was quite old, "Greeted", Babaji, with it's paws, high up, when Babaji got out of the vehicle,as soon as the door was opened, and Babaji clutched me on Hisshoulders and told me, He,i.e.the dog, is Lord "Bairavar", and Youplease take care of Him.

Subsequently, whenever I start ringing by bell upstairs in my house,to commence my morning pooja, He "Bairavar", will sit in front of myhouse gate, and at times will be at my door step. Hence, I will immediately go down to feed Him, and I will only give him pieces ofbread and he will eat the pieces of bread patiently. On my birthday,last year, 24th October 2012, when I commenced my morning pooja as usual, "Bairavar", did not turn up, and my pooja was over, thus, Iwas getting ready to go to court, as I got dressed and came out, I went upstairs and communicated with Babaji, stating, you are my beloved Lord Muruga, whom I have been praying since a very young age, and today is my birthday, and "Bairavar", has not come. To my surprise in a whisker, I saw, "Bairavar", in front of my house, then I went outside to feed Him. I was very happy, and after feeding "Bairavar", I went upstairs again to the pooja room to say "goodbye" for the morning, to all the Gods and Babaji. To my surprise and happinesss, vibuthi was all over my "Vel", which I take along for my Kavadi to Batu Caves, during Thaipusam. I communicated with "Babaji", and told him I have surrendered to you Thy Lord Muruga, hence, the essence of the teaching is to love all souls including animals, and shower love to them equally as we do to human beings.

The Message on "Maatu Ponggal Thinam", is that the "COW" is of utmost and paramount importance to mankind because cow gives milk, which is used by us, and it is used as a very important abhishegam item for the deities in a temple. Meanwhile, the "OX", helps farmers in their daily work,chores, and is also a very important form o transportation.

It also reflects the concept of "SIVASAKTI", as preached by our beloved Sadguru Sri Sharavana Baba, and Glory to the Gosalam, at SHARAVANABAVA MATHAM,SRI KRISHNAPURAM PALAKKAD KERALA.

Vellai Vanuguvethe En Vellai
Vellanukku Thondu Seivethe En Vellai Love

Vijiandran Kassey,Hemalatha Govindarajan & Linggeshwaren Vijiandran

EXPERIENCING THE GURU ON GURU POORNIMA

 by Ramnath Narayanswamy

I had a wonderful experiece of swami's grace. Guru Poornima was fast approaching on July 3, 2012 and we were with Babaji in Singapore. The trip to Malaysia had gone off splendidly and Babaji was very happy with His visit to the country as He was able to connect with literally hundreds of devotees. He was pleased with the elaborate arrangements that had been made for His visit and was very happy that it had concluded well.
Bangalore,
Friday, July 06, 2012

A Tribute to Sadguru Shri Sharavana Baba

 by Ramnath Narayanswamy

July 25, 2010
Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah! My beloved Ganesha! Brother of Karthikeya!
Lord of all Scribes! Lord of the Ganas!
Remover of Obstacles! Ocean of Compassion!
May this tribute to the Supreme Guru
Touch the hearts of all! I met Sadguru Murali Krishna for the first time on July 28, 2007 when he had come to inaugurate the establishment of the Bangalore Ashram. The late Sri Ravindran had gifted him an acre of lush virgin land with a lot of fruit, coconut and teak trees. Except for the vegetation and a simple two room roughly hewn cottage, there was little to attract attention. It was the month of July. It was the rainy season and the ground was muddy and wet. I had heard of Swamiji for the past two years from my close friend Sri Gokul Raj. Ever since I first heard of him, I had entertained no doubts of his divinity. There were no doubts at all. Inexplicably, I knew in my heart that he was a self-realized master and that I was destined to see him.

The occasion presented itself in July 2007. It was a difficult period in my life with challenges in several domains. Like a tree yearning to be covered with leaves, my heart yearned for the Grace of a Mahatma. This thirst had taken me to the moving story of Lord Jesus and the astonishing story Lord Buddha, it had attracted me to the effulgence of Sri Ramana Maharishi, I had been engulfed by the extraordinary account of Sri Yogananda Paramahamsa, Sri Yukteshwar, Lahiri Mahasya a nd Babaji, I had been hugged by Mata Amritanandamayi, the Divine Mother, whom I love dearly and from childhood, I was nurtured on the tales of my beloved Sai Baba of Shirdi. My father was an ardent devotee of Baba and I always felt very close to him.

Since the year 1999, I was in search of inner peace and I went relentlessly after my objective. Of course this search must have begun as it indeed did, much earlier but I became conscious of its force and intensity in 1999. I must have done the circumambulation or girivalam of Arunachala several dozen times and I often use to weep with tears streaming down my cheeks looking at Arunachala, that ocean of boundless love, grace and compassion, praying in the form of begging Lord Shiva to cast His merciful glance in my direction! Had not the Sage of Arunachala said, “Arunachala is like fire. If you go near it, you cannot remain untouched by it.” I went with a mere teaspoon but the Lord gifted me with immeasurable truckloads loads of Grace! My prayer was answered in ways that never cease to astonish me even today! I am unable to explain it but its power and mystery remain with me in all their majesty and splendor. Words begin to fail me.

What I have received from our beloved Sadguru can never be repaid even with my life. Today, I cannot conceive of a life without him. The love that he gives us cannot be described in words. Some say love is indescribable. This is true! It is! This has been my experience. I tried meeting him in June 2007 but every time I made the effort, something would go wrong. My efforts were in vain. Until one day in frustration, I decided to fly from Bangalore to Chennai and then to Calicut with Sri Gokul and see him. Within a couple of hours of my booking the tickets, I received a message from Gokul that Swamiji was coming to Bangalore and that I could see him on July 28, 2007.

I met him that day in the evening. He looked regal and majestic. He had a beautiful and captivating smile that lit up his face and it seemed to be there almost all the time. When I came near him, I clutched both his feet in desperation and muttered in Tamil: “Swamiji, you must save me!” He was as I have always come to know him since that date, calm, purposeful and ever firmly grounded in a state of divine exaltation. I could not control myself. I broke down and cried without feeling any sense of shame or restraint. With tears streaming down my face, I told him again: “Only you can save me!”

He responded with a beatific smile on his face: “I was expecting you here today. Now that you have come, I will not allow you to go or to leave me. Do you know why? Because you are mine! You have always been mine! In your previous life, you were born into a Rishi parampara. Even then I was taking care of you. But in this life (his smile became mischievous); I set a net to trap you two years ago. Now that you have come here, I will not allow you to go. You belong to me! You will be with me!”

“Let me see. How many of you are there in your family? You have a wife, a son and a daughter. Do you not? All of you are under my direct protection. Live without fear! Why do you fear when I am there? Like a frog parched with summer thirst, you have been waiting for the monsoon rain for decades, have you not? Today I am going to shower you with that rain. You have reached your destination. There is no place to go. You have come to me. You must help this Ashram grow! One person in every family in Bangalore should visit this holy ashram at least once in a lifetime and chant this holy mantra – Om Sharavanabhava – because in this Kali Yuga, this mantra has the power to help a seeker dive into his inner self.”

By this time, I had begun to recover. Then he asked me to come a little nearer to him, which I did. He then whispered an incident that had occurred in my past (almost twenty years earlier) which was known only to my wife and few of my friends. This was no big dark secret. It was a very painful episode in my life. He explained the significance of what had transpired in my life then in terms that I found completely astonishing and revelatory. Years of ignorance and darkness gave way to effulgence and luminosity. In one mighty stroke, he made me aware of his divinity and his omniscience! He made it very clear to me that he was my Guru and from the very first day, he spoke to me authoritatively like a Guru does to a sishya or disciple. It was at that precise moment that I became profoundly and deeply conscious of the fact that I had met my Guru! I knew I had arrived at my destination. There was nothing more to be accomplished in this respect.

He quickly confirmed that fact. He then told me that he knew why I had come to see him. Once again, he told me the cause and he was absolutely on target. Within a few seconds, he outlined the solution to the problem that I had come to him with and reassured me that he would take care of it, that I had nothing to fear and to leave everything in his hands. He then asked me if I was going regularly to Tiruvannamalai. I said that I was. He told me then that I was a Shiva bhakta and that soon he would soon be seeing me in Tiruvannamalai. This visit was to take place sooner than later. Finally, he asked me to come the next day. The next day (July 29, 2007) happened to be Guru Poornima. I needed very little persuasion to see him once again.

When I was returning home, I was already beginning to experience a certain calmness of mind and serenity in temperament. The next day I asked Gokul to ask him two questions including (a) when would my problem be over and (b) will he grace me to author his biography? When I approached him the next day, (it was once again early evening), he went into an exalted state. His voice was commanding yet compassionate. Responding to the first question, he said: “The winds are so turbulent that even the mighty trees shake. If I hold on to them very hard, they will break. So I have put a rope around them. Your problem will be taken care of within a period of six months.”

And with respect to the second question, he exclaimed with the innocence of a child: “I am only an infant! You must help me grow! How can you want to write a book about me when I am only a child! So you want a write a book on me? You will not only author a book on me but you will be the author of all my Vedas. By my grace, you will receive the intelligence to grasp what I teach you. The first line of your first book will be, ‘This is the Veda I was taught by my Guru, Sadguru Murali Krishna, on the holy day of Guru Poornima.’ I will teach you all the Vedas. Learn the first Veda from me today. This world is a product of the actions of humankind. But there is a substratum – (absolute reality) – that has no equal. It is one without a second whose tatva (principle) people do not understand. The world must be taught this principle. You will be my instrument. It must be actively espoused, spread and taught. I have chosen you to spread my word. You will be my vehicle. And you must do this job!” I was overwhelmed!

He had a number of garlands around him. He suddenly took off one of them and put it around my neck. He said: “See I am marrying you today! When you are married to me, how can you leave me? Even if you try to leave me, I will put a rope around your legs and pull you back. You belong to me!” He then touched the watch I was wearing and continued: “From today your time belongs to me. I will take over your time. Whatever destination you want to reach, you will reach through my grace. Secondly, I have already entered into your pen. It will sing my praise! And finally, your feet; I will not allow the thorns of worldly existence to prick your feet. Do you why?” I replied by saying I did not. He said: “Because I reside in them!” I was deeply and irreversibly moved! I broke into tears for the umpteenth time.

Later that evening at around 6 pm just as I was about to enter Gokul’s vehicle, I was called to see Swamiji. He was sitting inside on a bare platform. He was solemn, dignified and of royal bearing. As soon as he saw me, he smiled. I touched his feet and once again broke down. I said: “You have given me such a lot of love yesterday and today. I do not know what I have done to deserve that.” He was very pleased! He at once said by cupping both his palms around both my cheeks: “My child! Tell me what else is there other than love that I can give you? Is it not the only thing that is eternal in this universe? Is that not the only truth that actually lasts forever? Just as you have been brought here by somebody else, you will bring others to me.”

Once again a naughty smile came over his facial features. He said: “People tell me that you love your students just as much as you love your children. Is this true?” I remained silent as I did not know what to say. He said: “There are a lot of children in this world who are suffering because they do not have a father, mother or Guru. You will be responsible for bringing such children to me and I will heal them. I will give you a lot of work to do and you must complete that work.” Then he suddenly hit me on my chest and said: “I will take care of your body and you take care of my word.” He then gave me a couple of things that he asked to carefully keep. And then I left.

I had gone to him in a near broken state. I had all but collapsed on the inside though I had allowed nobody to get a sense of what was going on inside me. And he firmly plucked out the thorns from my heart and threw them on the roadside with a wave of his hand, taking my pain away and making me light once again. He did all this with no fuss or fanfare, as if it was all an integral part of a days’ work. I felt as if a huge burden was lifting from my shoulders and I could breathe normally again. In those days, I used to drink and smoke with gay abandon. Two days later after consuming a few drinks, I called Gokul before going to bed. He told me that he was about one hundred and twenty kilometers from Palani and that Swamiji was in his car. I asked him to hand the mobile to Swamiji.

I greeted Swamiji by saying Pranamam. He replied likewise. His voice was crystal clear, deep and sonorous. It was as if he had expected my call. He then said: “Today you must give me my Guru dakshina (my fee for initiation)!” I said I was willing to give him anything, including my life and that I was willing to put it on a plate and give it to him. I could hear him laugh! This was the only occasion I tried to be smart with him. I told him that I needed to do some drinking as I was a Professor who was in contact with a lot of my peers worldwide and from time to time I needed to do some social drinking. I soon realized that I was talking rubbish but one of the many reasons why I love my Guruji so much was that he never interrupted me. He did not ask me to shut up though he could very easily have done that and with good reason.

Instead, he said: “I will allow you one month from today. You can do what you like in the next thirty days. But after one month, this must absolutely stop. Your stopping your drinking is the fee that I demand that you pay me.” He had completely outsmarted me! His request was so breathtakingly reasonable that it was hard to refuse! I told him that his grace would enable me to keep the promise he had elicited from me. He enigmatically replied: “Let me see.” Much later I realized that when he seemed harsh, it was actually a sign of deep love and affection.

Exactly thirty days later, he called me (August 29, 2007) and asked me to come the next day to Tiruvannamalai and meet him at Sri Ramanasramam at 11 am. I did that. He asked me to come with Sri Gokul and we left for Arunachala the next day. Gokul was speeding. Half an hour before our destination, we hit an old lady who stopped in the middle of the road. We were right in the middle of a village. We were soon surrounded. I was badly shaken and so was Gokul. Even while I was wondering what was going on, I instinctively reached out and thought of my Guru. I thought he would not have asked us to come today had there not been a good reason to do so. I mentally left everything in his hands.

A huge crowd gathered and I thought there was going to be an awful lot of trouble ahead of us. The lady had a somersault twice before she finally hit our windshield (it was severely cracked) before falling to the ground. We quickly took her to the hospital in Tiruvannamalai. I informed Ramanasaramam and they were most kind and cooperative. They even called the police constable who was in charge of the region who helped us clear all formalities. Miraculously apart from a small scratch on her head and shock, the lady was perfectly fit as a fiddle! It was a miracle! Her son keeps calling Gokul even today for saving his mother’s life!

I left Gokul at the hospital at 10.45 and headed for Ramanasramam where I had booked two rooms for Swamiji the previous day. I reached him on time. He asked everybody to leave the room and I was alone with him. Once again, he was all love and compassion. I told him we had had an accident and he replied by saying: “I know that! See!” And he stretched out his right hand and asked me to smell his palm. I did that and it actually smelt of burnt rubber! I was absolutely nonplussed! Flabbergasted would be a better word!

He then very calmly proceeded to tell me that the old lady was supposed to succumb to an accident and die from a car that was supposed to come from the opposite direction. Instead he decided to save her life by letting her get into an accident in the reverse direction through our vehicle! I was speechless with wonder! He then asked me to sit on his lap and pressed his fingers on various parts of my spine. He also patted me on various parts of my chest and back (I believe he was removing negative energy from my system and releasing all energy centers that were internally blocked) and he then answered several personal questions I put to him.

I received personal instructions concerning some issues on which I needed clarity. While patting my back and my chest, he said that he has to transform the water in my system into milk and then into ghee or rarified butter! He finally gave me a small ball of vibhoodi or sacred ash and camphor and asked me to eat it. He then said that I would cease drinking from that day. I ate it in his presence. And I did! It was as simple as that! I faced no problems of any kind including craving or temptation. No credit is due to me for this resistance as it was entirely a product of his grace.

The same afternoon we went to the Dakshinamoorthy temple bordering Ramanasramam and Swamiji began chanting the Dakshinamoorthy mantra. It was beautiful hearing him. His tone was steady, not wavering up or down and the chanting intense. He must have chanted the mantra about a thousand times (we repeated after him) because it took a good hour and a half, perhaps more. That evening we had the rare privilege of completing the girivalam of Arunachala with Swamiji. It was absolutely delightful. When we were crossing the plot of land I had purchased in Arunachala a couple of years earlier, I showed Swamiji the spot from the main road. He suddenly became child-like and clutched my hands and said, “Where is it? Show it to me?” I pointed in that direction and he told me in a somber tone of voice: “My child, Arunachala is not for married life. You must build an ashram there, not a house, and call me when you have completed it.” We returned at 10.30 pm, ate dinner in his room and left for Bangalore at 2 am in the next morning. Before leaving him, I asked him to put his foot upon my head and bless me which he at once did. I began to experience a deep love swelling in my breast for Guruji.

I began visiting him every month from then. Sometimes it was Calicut, sometimes it was Palakkad and sometimes Guruvayur. On December 31, 2007, he called me in the morning and asked me to meet him at Palani at 3 am the next day. I boarded a flight the same day, reached Coimbatore at 7.30 pm and took a taxi to Palani and booked myself into a lodge the same night. I was to revisit that lodge many times in the future.

I finally met him at 5 pm the next day. Not 3 am. This was because his car had developed some problems along the way. In those days, I used to easily break down on seeing him. I am more controlled today. When he came up the steps of the holy abode of Lord Murugan, I touched his feet. I had brought a garland for him in the morning and put it around him. He said: “Do you know how much I have been thinking of you! You have been in my thoughts! Come with me! We have to do a lot of important things today.” He then held me tightly, kissed me on my forehead and firmly took me around the temple. We were soon at the entrance.

He then said: “You have been my devotee for the past six months and in this period, you have done everything I have asked you to do. So I am going to bless you today.” His voice changed! He saw my Amma bracelet on my wrist and said: “It is difficult for an ordinary man to understand Amma! She has so much tapas (literally means ‘heat’ but in this context, it refers to penance) that she can walk on the water! But the ordinary individual goes with a small spoon but Amma empties lorry loads of grace. But the ordinary individual does not have the strength to hold on to what she gives him”. I waited. And then he pulled himself up and said forcefully: “I am not like that! I am Subramanya! I first whitewash my devotees and only after that do I bless them! Do you know why? Because when I clean them, what I give them will stay with them forever!” It was a moment that I am not likely forget! Ever!

Then he began to be naughty! He turned out to me very innocently and asked me whether I had brought any sweets for him that day! I froze with embarrassment! This was because I was in the habit of taking some sweets or savories to him whenever I met him and this time I had forgotten to do so because he had asked me to meet him very early in the morning and nothing was open at that time in the morning except flowers. As a result, I had taken a garland of flowers. I used my presence of mind that told him that I had brought a different kind of sweet for him. He at once became childlike and endearingly asked me: “What is it? Where is it? Give it to me!” I was completely lost! I told him that I had brought him my mind to surrender it to him. That was my offering.

But he was relentless! He said: “Ah! That is all very well, but where are my sweets? I want my sweets!” I was close to tears! I then told him that once we came down from the temple, I would buy him whatever sweet he wanted. He then turned to me and continued: “In that case, you must give up smoking from today.” Suddenly his voice changed and he said: “This child will stop smoking from today.” He turned to me a little later and said: “You know you should not smoke anymore because when you do, the smoke passes through my lungs!” I could not believe my ears! I again had tears in my eyes! I resolved then to stop smoking. With a minor hiccup, I gave up the habit completely.

But the whitewashing was still not over! He later called me to Delhi in the summer of 2008 (May). On the day of my arrival in the evening, (it was in the Constitution Club), he called me late in the night and said: “Do you know there are so many sages in the Himalayas who perform tapas just to have one glimpse of me. But in your case, I entered your life and pulled you! Do you understand what I am saying?” I told him I did. I was strongly reminded of Lord Jesus who chose his own apostles and said that he would make them fishers of men.

After a brief stay in Delhi, we went to Haridwar and Rishikesh with him. It was a delightful visit. We bathed in the sacred Ganges on many occasions and on one such occasion in the morning, I lost my foothold and caught his feet. For some reason, I found myself thinking of my father. I still missed him deeply. Hot tears were rolling down my eyes and I was looking down trying to hide them. He asked me why I was crying. And I told him. He said my ancestors are waiting for me in Rishikesh. When I was hugging his feet, he blessed me and said: “Yes! Hold on firmly to my feet!” What it meant was this: “In the raging waters of this samsara (worldly existence), my feet are your only refuge! Cling to them!”

Toward the end of our stay, one evening he asked us to come down into the Ganga with him. A few days earlier, he had had asked me one morning, (it was our very first morning in Haridwar) to purchase 14 garlands of wooden beads. He was sitting on one of the rocks and he looked absolutely divine with all the 14 necklaces in his hand! Not a muscle in his body moved! He was in a meditative posture and I have a beautiful photograph of him in this posture. It is enclosed with this note. It was nearing 7 pm. He then addressed all the fourteen of us: “You must be wondering why I have brought you all away from your families and made you spend more than a week with me. You must consider me mad. But actually what you are witnessing today is the rarest of rare occurrences in any person’s life. Such an opportunity is not given to many.” The water was cold. It was getting dark. All of us experienced an unmistakable deeper presence that evening. There was no smile on Swamiji’s features. On the contrary, his countenance was stern, almost forbidding.

Suddenly, he turned to me and asked: “Look above me in the sky, what do you see?” I said I see the moon. Then he pointed to the Ganga aarti that was taking place on the other side of the river at Rishikesh (the aarti in Haridwar is a greater spectacle than its counterpart in Rishikesh where it is more modest) and again asked me what I saw. I said Ganga Devi. He then said: “The moon means Lord Shiva or Purusha the Supreme Person, while Ganga means Nature or Prakriti. In between is me, your Guru. Today I have prepaid all your ancestral debts. Only your Guru can accomplish this task. No other entity can do this task. I have done this today for all of you.” There was nobody who was not deeply and profoundly moved. The ambience was very somber.

He concluded his discourse by telling us that all of us must take a vow never to touch non-vegetarian food from that day and that in our lifetime we must persuade at least ten people to turn completely vegetarian. He then distributed the garlands to each one of us and asked us to wear it on our person at all times. His last demand from me was the easiest to fulfill because I was vegetarian by nature and disposition and ate non-vegetarian food occasionally. This was not difficult to give up. Of the three, this was certainly the easiest for me.

Today it will be three years since I came to bask under the Grace of Sadguru Murali Krishna who is today widely coming to be known as Sadguru Sri Sharavana Baba. Each time I meet him, I learn something valuable and develop but only a little. Far from clearing, the mystery has actually deepened. But my restlessness has given way to certain equanimity of mind that is today hard to disturb or derail. I recall writing an impassioned letter to Mata Amritanandamayi, the Divine Mother in June 2007, when she was in New York. I told Her that I was tired of worldly existence, that I have tried to be a good father, a good husband, a good teacher and a good friend to those who approach me but now I am tired. I want to serve my Guru and merge in His feet. I do not recall my exact words but I do remember telling her that I was weary of worldly existence and did not want it anymore. And that she must take over that responsibility.

I firmly believe that it was the Divine Mother who sent me to my beloved Guru and made it possible for me to touch his feet. I salute Her mercy and compassion! Three years have passed since Sadguru Sri Sharavana Baba has allowed us the privilege of being with him with all our faults, deficiencies and failings. But his answer to us is always the same. It never wavers! And that answer takes the form of unconditional love! His infinite patience, his boundless compassion, his precious instruction to help us remove our follies and foibles are an eloquent testimony to the selfless nature of his divine mission.

My European friends find it hard to understand how we Indians can surrender ourselves with faith and devotion to a human being. Their faith in what they call “science” and “reason” has blinded them to their own Master (whom I recognize as mine as well) who preached the value of faith by saying that if you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could move mountains! I am puzzled how easily the Western world has forgotten these commandments. I gently remind my Western friends that if you put yourself in God’s place, the position is unenviable. This is because human beings refuse to believe in the existence of God (actually their own divinity) because they claim they cannot see Him. But when out of His infinite mercy and compassion, He takes birth to provide love, relief and succor, human beings dismiss Him by saying, “He is not God, but a mere human being!” God loses both ways! But the truth is that the Supreme Being is both with form and without form and yet he is beyond both.

Europeans are also puzzled by Hindus worshipping dozens of gods and goddesses. Our festivals puzzle and amuse them. Deep inside they have the feeling that we are idolaters and they take recourse to the Old and New Testament to validate their prejudice. I find this very puzzling! According to the age old tenets of Sanatana Dharma or the Eternal Religion, , we believe the universe is composed of 330 million life forms and the Hindu humbly bows his head in submission and prayer to each and every one of them by seeing each one of them as an emanation of the Supreme Being! To equate this submission to idolatry is quite simply incredulous!

I recall the times when I am in the West and the way people there decorate their bodies to look good, smell good and feel good! Unfortunately the habit is catching up with us in India as well. I once again remind my Western friends that if anything can be called idolatry, that kind of obsession with the body qualifies as idolatry! Sadguru Sharavana Baba always reminds us to pay attention to the inside and allow our internal atma to guide our external actions, not the other way around. As Sri Ramana Maharishi once said, the body itself is a disease and it is important to ask ourselves whether we are the body or the mind or the intellect. On enquiry, we will discover that we are neither of those entities.

In a beautiful discourse that Babaji delivered in Paris in May this year, he asked us to relentlessly pursue the answer to the question Who am I? (Nan Yar?). This question is a veritable Brahmastra in the spiritual quest and one which Babaji exhorts his devotees to persist because in many ways, it contains the key.

I met a colleague a few days ago and she told me that I have changed hugely in the last fifteen years that she has known me. I then realized what my Guru had done to me internally and the way it was reflecting externally and I quickly uttered a prayer in my heart invoking his name! What he has taught all of us is the inestimable value of prayer, faith, devotion and surrender. He once said that prayer is so powerful that it can even restore to you what you thought you had lost. I have personally experienced this truth because he helped me regain what I thought I had lost in both my worldly life and in my spiritual quest: the ability to view imperfection perfectly.

May His grace help the universe overcome the challenges it faces and may His will prevail! Know that He is none other than Lord Subramanya who has taken birth to remove the dreaded poison of the ego (ahamkara and mamkara or “I” and “mine”) and spread His hood of loving protection to those who seek refuge in Him!

Om Sharavanabhava!

RECORDING A PROFOUND EXPERIENCE WITH BABAJI

 by Siva Munuswamy

Hi Professor:
My recent visit to Kerala was amazing and had added a new experience and uplifted my inner soul to a higher level. Babaji has transformed my way of life! The simple lifestyle of Babaji's close devotees in the Kozhikode and Palakkad Ashrams has moved my soul and enhanced my love for all living beings around me. My recent visit to Kerala was amazing and had added a new experience and uplifted my inner soul to a higher level. Babaji has transformed my way of life!

The simple lifestyle of Babaji's close devotees in the Kozhikode and Palakkad Ashrams has moved my soul and enhanced my love for all living beings around me. At first I thought that I was not welcome to visit Babaji. I have no idea why I felt like that. In any case, I was grateful to see Prashanth Swamy there to receive me at the airport and he took care of me. Perhaps I felt this way because I was told that Babaji was not around and that Babaji had gone on a yathra and he would be later going to Chennai. So I spent the night at a hotel in Kozhikode. My mind was very disturbed and I could not sleep. The next day I was picked up by Prashanth Swamy and we went to Babaji's temple and after having had a walk around the temple and offering a small prayer, we made our way to the school. We were met by both the little angels and the teachers as well. I had bought some chocolates and books for the children.

I hope those books were useful. I had a brief chat with the Head teacher and talked to her about how I could help them with their needs. I was made to understand that the school was in need of a computer for administration purposes. I had decided to donate the computer to the school but I have to look for sponsors first and I am positive that with the Grace of Babaji, I will make this happen. Professor! I am writing to you because I want to do so much for Babaji and assist Him in his quest to help the poor and needy. I experience a great need to want to be part of it. I need to know what the school needs other than cash, including such items as stationery, textbooks and other related materials. I hope I will get a list of items that are needed.

Give me a couple of months and I will sort it all out. I would like to work closely with you to help you as well. My Palakkad trip was great! I visited Mayiladikundram on the way and spent a night in Palakkad, traveling to Chennai the next day met all the Chennai devotees there and then left for England on January 11, 2011. I did meet Babaji in Chennai and all the disappointment that I had nurtured within me came to an end when Babaji explained to me why what happened had happened. It was He said test! Professor! Please keep me informed and I will do what I can to help with the blessings of Babaji. I would like to serve with love.

Love
Siva Munusamy

Saw Baba on the Moon

 by Gururaj Rao

 
Babaji's completed the satsangh and started walking around the home. From the living room Babaji walked into the kitchen and was appreciating the home. Babaji said to Mrs. Bahitharan that next visit to Wales Babaji will stay in their home, and that Babaji will come with a big team of devotees!
Mrs. Bahitharan was overjoyed and extended an invite heartfully!  Just then Babaji asked ' do you have a garden?', for which Mrs. Bahitharan said 'YES' and instantly was pleased to show the garden. She rushed to throw open the door to the delight of Babaji and all of us. Babaji walked into the garden saying 'next visit we can conduct a beautiful Satsangh here'. Then Babaji looked up to the sky to see the beautiful full moon ( it was just a day after the full moon) with a magnificent halo around it, which was slowly expanding...colourful concentric circles that magnified the brilliance of the moon! Just then Babaji told me 'look at the moon... Keep looking...' as I was gazing at the moon Babaji appeared and immediately Shirdi Sai Baba appeared!! I was elated! I screamed with Joy!! I said 'Baaaaaaba' and started crying like a baby!! I just hugged Babaji and couldn't let go of Babaji!! I prostrated to Babaji and thanked profusely!! Just couldn't say anything!!! Babaji laughed heartily and said 'why are you crying?' I said 'Baba, I was craving for this experience for so many years' I love YOU Baba... I love YOU'. Tears continued to roll down my eyes, at the amusement of other devotees who were eager to experience what I was blessed with!! Babaji caressed my face slowly from the top of my head downwards towards my forehead, and then my face and asked 'are you Happy?'. I was frozen!! what can I say?? No words in any language can express the feeling of seeing God, and that too on the moon...on the Full Moon. Moreover my beloved Guru giving me that experience in HIS HOLY presence, especially on a Thursday, in a sacred placed, which is the land of Skanda ( Lord Muruga). Wales is a blessed land - a temple dedicated to Lord Muruga had been established by a Sri Lankan about 25 years ago, known as 'Skanda Vel,' which is visited by thousands from all over the world. The temple is currently managed by Europeans who have surrendered to Lord Skanda and devoted their lives for the protection and propagation of righteousness. Their selfless service provides solace to seekers who visit Skanda Vel from world over.

Saw Baba on the Moon
29th November 2012
Shri. Bahitharan's home - #10, Camathen, South Wales, UK
Time: 11:15pm

You need My blessing even for the smallest movement! Even a blade of grass cannot move without God’s will

You need My blessing even for the smallest movement!

Even a blade of grass cannot move without God’s will