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Encounters with Divinity
Encounters with Divinity
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Preface

Since its inception in February 1994, when Baba conferred His blessings on its first issue and graced it with His signature, Sai Sarathi, newsletter of the Sathya Sai Baba Organization's Mid-Atlantic Region, has helped to enrich the lives of its staff and readers alike. For the staff, Sai Sarathi has been a means of personal growth and a form of selfless service that has allowed them to remember their place in the cosmos. For the readers, the newsletter has served as a vehicle for bringing them devotional stories that restore an open heart and renew faith in divinity.

Looking at the pages of Sai Sarathi, readers can see that devotees of the Lord have powerful stories to tell-of life-changing experiences and lesions learned. Rich in their message, these stories are original, honest and sometimes hilarious. Whether transcribed from talks or contributed as original writings, the articles appearing in the newsletter's monthly issues have meaning for both new and long-time devotees. The writers of these articles come from all walks of life, from television journalists and film directors to housewives and businessmen. But all share the same yearning for the Lord.

In selecting articles for this volume, the compilers have tried to include a broad range of topics. Many aspects of a spiritual aspirant's dilemmas and joys are contained in these articles, which feature examples of surrender, Sai Baba's omnipresence, faith, confidence, self-inquiry, devotion, karma, the nature of awareness, right action..

Sathya Sai Baba's quintessential message is I am god and so are you. The only difference is I know it and you don't As spiritual seekers strive to know who they are, it often reinforces their efforts to share the lesions they learn with others traversing the same path. It is in this spirit that we have put Encounters with Divinity together.

Finally, this book would not have been possible without the sincere and loving effort of all fellow devotees who helped with various stages of the project, right from transcribing, editing and proofreading the talks to the final stages of printing the book. We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed publishing it.

Introduction

Sathya Sai Baba is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient, as the accounts of personal experiences contained in this book clearly convey. But how can we believe such a description of an entity that walks the surface of the earth in human form just like us? Our mental faculties are indeed incapable of understanding Sai Baba's attributes because we judge according to who we think we are. Our imagination can only extend to the boundary of our own limited awareness. Hence we question, doubt and disbelieve. Sai Baba cannot be understood by the intellect or the mind. He has to be experienced with the heart. That experience expands our consciousness and allows us to have a different understanding of ourselves. Once we receive a new perspective on who we really are, we can also understand who Sai Baba is. Until then we can only guess and any guess will fall short of the mark.

Sathya Sai Baba was born on November 23, 1926, in a remote village in South India. From early childhood, he demonstrated unusual wisdom, compassion and concern for the poor and suffering. His knowledge of ancient scriptures, which He had never read, and His ability to materialize gifts for the village children made it clear that He had extraordinary powers. When He was 14 years old, He announced to his parents and fellow villagers that His mission was to bring about the spiritual regeneration of humanity by demonstrating and teaching the highest principles of truth, right action, peace, love and nonviolence. Today, in the same village, Puttaparthi his main ashram-Prasanthi Nilayam, meaning the "abode of supreme peace"-is a spiritual haven for people from all religions, cultures and countries. He is also often in residence at nearby Brindavan, His ashram in Whitefield, a suburb of Bangalore.

Sathya Sai Baba is the living example of who we really are. The epitome of truth, love, wisdom, humour and selfless service- Sai Baba's life is His message. He works tirelessly for the spiritual and moral upliftment of humanity. Stressing true education as, "That which liberates…education must liberate man from the shackles of cowardice, pettiness, greed, and hatred and from the limitations of 'I' and 'mine." Baba has established schools and colleges that integrate a rigorous program of academic studies with character education. His system of education is unique-it is heart to heart and the emphasis is always on transformation, not information. He has also established hospitals to serve the poor and needy, primary among which is a Superspecialty hospital that provides care and surgery in several medical specialties free of charge.

Sai Baba is not here to start a new religion; His religion is the religion of love. As the embodiment of perfection on earth, Sai Baba walks, talks and interacts with us as a human being but the magic of His love transforms us bringing us closer and closer to the same perfection. We move from being ordinary humans to extraordinary souls in human bodies and revel in our own expanded reality as divine beings. We all rejoice as we come closer to our true nature. This joy is unsur-passed by any worldly pleasure. It is the feeling of coming home. Sai Baba says, "Your bliss is my food." He rejoices too as we come home.

Sathya Sai Baba is the embodiment of love. He stirs in our hearts the understanding of what divine love is. Divine love is pure, unsullied, unconditional, unchanging and permanent. Through the experience of this love, we grow and expand from human to divine. This is the secret of transformation-growing from I to we, from mine to thine. "To grasp My meaning, you have to tear into tatters the doubts and theories you now have and cultivate prema [divine love], for the embodiment of prema can be understood only through prema." Our responsibility then is to open our minds and hearts to His love and receive what he has come to give u. our responsibility is to set aside preconceived notions of who we are and who He is; to listen, reflect and act in accordance with His word; to bring about unity in thought, word and deed-the ultimate goal of all spiritual practice. No grace comes without effort. Our responsibility is to make steady, consistent, sincere effort without imposing conditions on the results

He tells us, "Be Happy." Let us be happy, but first let us want happiness that is permanent, unchanging and eternal. Yes, it is possible, Even in our wildest dreams we cannot conceive of the nature of this happiness that is our birthright. Let us open ourselves to one who knows this happiness and, in fact, waits to endow us with it.

As we read through these personal encounters with Sathya Sai Baba, let's leave ourselves open to the wonders of His live, His mystery and His magic. These articles clearly demonstrate that the first step in expansion is to acknowledge our own lack of understanding about our lives and ourselves. The second step is to ask divinity for help. When asked for sincerely and intensely, help comes invariably and often miraculously. Slowly but surely, this leads us to believe in the power of God. Then movement in our own consciousness beings to happen. Believe in the truth of these accounts and allow yourself to experience the reality of your fellow beings. As Sai Baba says, "A time will come when the whole of this dream will vanish. To every one of us there must come a time when the whole universe will be found to have been a mere dream, when we shall find that the soul is infinitely better than its surroundings. In this struggle through what we call environments, there will come a time when we shall find that these environments were almost zero in comparison with the power of the soul. It is only a question of time, and time is nothing in the infinite. It is a drop in the ocean. We can afford to wait and be calm."

Back of the Book

This collection of true stories opens up a world of boundless possibilities for the human mind. Light, human mind. Light, humorous and yet deeply profound, Encounters with Divinity contains articles by people from all walks of life who share their personal experiences with Sri Sathya Sai Baba and His message to them. it is clear from these stories that as we come into Baba's orbit we begin to discover another realm of our existence – that of who we really are.

Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction1
A Television Journalist's Encounter with Baba5
A Magical Journey13
A Film Director's Encounters with Baba19
Free Will, Self-Inquiry and Devotion27
Sai Baba: A Special Light45
He Is My Passport53
Follow Me59
At His Lotus Feet67
Do You Know God?71
Happiness Is a Choice77
In the Arms of God85
"Swami, Sing Me a Bhajan"87
Giving and Forgiving93
Happiness Is Union with God103
An Answered Prayer113
Coming From the Other Side of the Law119
Be Happy133
Glossary141

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Preface

Since its inception in February 1994, when Baba conferred His blessings on its first issue and graced it with His signature, Sai Sarathi, newsletter of the Sathya Sai Baba Organization's Mid-Atlantic Region, has helped to enrich the lives of its staff and readers alike. For the staff, Sai Sarathi has been a means of personal growth and a form of selfless service that has allowed them to remember their place in the cosmos. For the readers, the newsletter has served as a vehicle for bringing them devotional stories that restore an open heart and renew faith in divinity.

Looking at the pages of Sai Sarathi, readers can see that devotees of the Lord have powerful stories to tell-of life-changing experiences and lesions learned. Rich in their message, these stories are original, honest and sometimes hilarious. Whether transcribed from talks or contributed as original writings, the articles appearing in the newsletter's monthly issues have meaning for both new and long-time devotees. The writers of these articles come from all walks of life, from television journalists and film directors to housewives and businessmen. But all share the same yearning for the Lord.

In selecting articles for this volume, the compilers have tried to include a broad range of topics. Many aspects of a spiritual aspirant's dilemmas and joys are contained in these articles, which feature examples of surrender, Sai Baba's omnipresence, faith, confidence, self-inquiry, devotion, karma, the nature of awareness, right action..

Sathya Sai Baba's quintessential message is I am god and so are you. The only difference is I know it and you don't As spiritual seekers strive to know who they are, it often reinforces their efforts to share the lesions they learn with others traversing the same path. It is in this spirit that we have put Encounters with Divinity together.

Finally, this book would not have been possible without the sincere and loving effort of all fellow devotees who helped with various stages of the project, right from transcribing, editing and proofreading the talks to the final stages of printing the book. We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed publishing it.

Introduction

Sathya Sai Baba is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient, as the accounts of personal experiences contained in this book clearly convey. But how can we believe such a description of an entity that walks the surface of the earth in human form just like us? Our mental faculties are indeed incapable of understanding Sai Baba's attributes because we judge according to who we think we are. Our imagination can only extend to the boundary of our own limited awareness. Hence we question, doubt and disbelieve. Sai Baba cannot be understood by the intellect or the mind. He has to be experienced with the heart. That experience expands our consciousness and allows us to have a different understanding of ourselves. Once we receive a new perspective on who we really are, we can also understand who Sai Baba is. Until then we can only guess and any guess will fall short of the mark.

Sathya Sai Baba was born on November 23, 1926, in a remote village in South India. From early childhood, he demonstrated unusual wisdom, compassion and concern for the poor and suffering. His knowledge of ancient scriptures, which He had never read, and His ability to materialize gifts for the village children made it clear that He had extraordinary powers. When He was 14 years old, He announced to his parents and fellow villagers that His mission was to bring about the spiritual regeneration of humanity by demonstrating and teaching the highest principles of truth, right action, peace, love and nonviolence. Today, in the same village, Puttaparthi his main ashram-Prasanthi Nilayam, meaning the "abode of supreme peace"-is a spiritual haven for people from all religions, cultures and countries. He is also often in residence at nearby Brindavan, His ashram in Whitefield, a suburb of Bangalore.

Sathya Sai Baba is the living example of who we really are. The epitome of truth, love, wisdom, humour and selfless service- Sai Baba's life is His message. He works tirelessly for the spiritual and moral upliftment of humanity. Stressing true education as, "That which liberates…education must liberate man from the shackles of cowardice, pettiness, greed, and hatred and from the limitations of 'I' and 'mine." Baba has established schools and colleges that integrate a rigorous program of academic studies with character education. His system of education is unique-it is heart to heart and the emphasis is always on transformation, not information. He has also established hospitals to serve the poor and needy, primary among which is a Superspecialty hospital that provides care and surgery in several medical specialties free of charge.

Sai Baba is not here to start a new religion; His religion is the religion of love. As the embodiment of perfection on earth, Sai Baba walks, talks and interacts with us as a human being but the magic of His love transforms us bringing us closer and closer to the same perfection. We move from being ordinary humans to extraordinary souls in human bodies and revel in our own expanded reality as divine beings. We all rejoice as we come closer to our true nature. This joy is unsur-passed by any worldly pleasure. It is the feeling of coming home. Sai Baba says, "Your bliss is my food." He rejoices too as we come home.

Sathya Sai Baba is the embodiment of love. He stirs in our hearts the understanding of what divine love is. Divine love is pure, unsullied, unconditional, unchanging and permanent. Through the experience of this love, we grow and expand from human to divine. This is the secret of transformation-growing from I to we, from mine to thine. "To grasp My meaning, you have to tear into tatters the doubts and theories you now have and cultivate prema [divine love], for the embodiment of prema can be understood only through prema." Our responsibility then is to open our minds and hearts to His love and receive what he has come to give u. our responsibility is to set aside preconceived notions of who we are and who He is; to listen, reflect and act in accordance with His word; to bring about unity in thought, word and deed-the ultimate goal of all spiritual practice. No grace comes without effort. Our responsibility is to make steady, consistent, sincere effort without imposing conditions on the results

He tells us, "Be Happy." Let us be happy, but first let us want happiness that is permanent, unchanging and eternal. Yes, it is possible, Even in our wildest dreams we cannot conceive of the nature of this happiness that is our birthright. Let us open ourselves to one who knows this happiness and, in fact, waits to endow us with it.

As we read through these personal encounters with Sathya Sai Baba, let's leave ourselves open to the wonders of His live, His mystery and His magic. These articles clearly demonstrate that the first step in expansion is to acknowledge our own lack of understanding about our lives and ourselves. The second step is to ask divinity for help. When asked for sincerely and intensely, help comes invariably and often miraculously. Slowly but surely, this leads us to believe in the power of God. Then movement in our own consciousness beings to happen. Believe in the truth of these accounts and allow yourself to experience the reality of your fellow beings. As Sai Baba says, "A time will come when the whole of this dream will vanish. To every one of us there must come a time when the whole universe will be found to have been a mere dream, when we shall find that the soul is infinitely better than its surroundings. In this struggle through what we call environments, there will come a time when we shall find that these environments were almost zero in comparison with the power of the soul. It is only a question of time, and time is nothing in the infinite. It is a drop in the ocean. We can afford to wait and be calm."

Back of the Book

This collection of true stories opens up a world of boundless possibilities for the human mind. Light, human mind. Light, humorous and yet deeply profound, Encounters with Divinity contains articles by people from all walks of life who share their personal experiences with Sri Sathya Sai Baba and His message to them. it is clear from these stories that as we come into Baba's orbit we begin to discover another realm of our existence – that of who we really are.

Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction1
A Television Journalist's Encounter with Baba5
A Magical Journey13
A Film Director's Encounters with Baba19
Free Will, Self-Inquiry and Devotion27
Sai Baba: A Special Light45
He Is My Passport53
Follow Me59
At His Lotus Feet67
Do You Know God?71
Happiness Is a Choice77
In the Arms of God85
"Swami, Sing Me a Bhajan"87
Giving and Forgiving93
Happiness Is Union with God103
An Answered Prayer113
Coming From the Other Side of the Law119
Be Happy133
Glossary141
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