Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah
When I read what Jatindar Shad had
written, yes, I recall this incident: A decade ago when I was in
Prasanthi Nilayam the regular 7am darshan was over and most of the
crowd had left for breakfast. I forgone breakfast and moved
forward and squatted at a "forward position". A foreigner was
sitting by my side. I closed and my eyes and prayed Swami "Swami
please come out and give darshan", "Swami come close and give
darshan", "Swami come to where I am sitting and give darshan" etc......
Suddenly at 8.15 or so I saw Swami walking straight to where I was
sitting and stood two feet away. He spoke in Telugu and English
looking at me and another guy (whom later someone identified as
Swami's relative) and the foreigner: The conversation went on like
Swami: Looking at the foreigner,"when are you going back"?
Foreigner: "Very shortly Swami (mentioned some date). But will be
back for Swami's B'day.
Swami: "Coming back, why, waste of money. Where is the money for
Foreigner: "Bhagawan will give me the money"
Swami: (looking at his relative guy) All smiles. " Veedu na kosam
Bangalore nunchi naduchikoni vochadu" (He came all the way from
Bangalore by walk for my sake).
Foreigner: "It is Bhagawan's blessings"
Swami: What is your mantra?
Foreigner: "Om Sri Satya Sai Babayanamah: I repeated this and
walked all the way"
Swami: "Choodu, look at his devotion. Mana Indians unnaru. Antha
part time devotion Veedni choosi nerchukovali "(Look at his
devotion. Our Indians' devotion is parttime devotion. They should
learn from him)
Foreigner: Swami padanamaskar.
Swami: "Take" (signalled for padanamaskar")
Foreigner fell at Swami's feet and embraced the same holding
tightly. Swami blessed him and told him: "interveiw evening" and
I was wondering how Swami will remember. Evening darshan crowd was
jumbled. New seats and new crowd and full. Swami called this guy
and his group which was sitting somewhere behind for an interview.
At that time I felt it was Swami's message to me was to be a full
time devotee that the mantra is "Om Sri Satya Sai babaya namah:"
And the message too is: full surrender and devotion.
Thanks Jatinder saab for mentioning this which took me back in
time. Love to all. Sairam.
From: Jatindar Shad
I stand by what Madhvi Sai has written. But would like to add,
that of all the names of the Lord, any one that appeals you the
most should be selected and that should become the mantra to be
repeated with every breath.
Almost a decade ago, at Prasanthi Swami was giving a discourse,
there he was describing some foriegn group who had walked all the
way from Bangalore. Swami said that they selected one name from
the namavali (108 names) and selected the first name - "Om Sri
Sathya Sai Babaya Namah" - and they kept repeating it with every
step every breath - Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah - Om Sri Sathya
Sai Babaya Namah - Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah. They way Swami
said this - it stirred my heart as if Swami was directly giving me
a mantra. So Be It. I have always constantly remembered to repeat
this mantra - whenever I am not otherwise occupied - in any work.
This is my silent mantra - I do not move the tongue but the mantra
goes on. And it is so pleasing when I go to sleep uttering this
mantra and I wake up, in the morning, to become aware that I am
still repeating the same mantra.
So while you repeat the 108 names daily or weekly or whenever your
heart wants - just pick one that is always there with you - for me
it is Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namah.
Sai Ram - Be Happy