The book is a tribute to Sathya Sai Baba
who is regarded by millions of his: devotees as an
incarnation of the Divine. It contains the firsthand
experiences of the author, as well as the divine experiences of other
devotees. The book gives us an insight into the bliss and worldly
gains that accrue as showers of Sathya Sai’s grace. That is why
devotees worship him as the wish fulfilling God.
The book also dwells upon the real mission of Sathya Sai,
which is to spread love among men, and establish peace and human
values on earth. Baba exhorts us to live our lives according to the
five-point code of Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa.
The simplicity of language, absorbing style of narration, the
candid presentation of facts, make very interesting reading. One
feels as ifhe is himself sharing the author’s experiences.
Radhey Mohan Rai was born into a family of
litterateurs in 1939. He served in the Rajasthan Higher Education
Service for thirty seven years and retired in 1997 as
Vice Principal of Govt. Post Graduate College of Arts
& Law, Alwar. He has been into creative writing since
his youth and has written extensively both in English
and Hindi. Reputed publishers of Delhi have
published fourteen of his books—ten in Hindi and
four in English. These include poetry, stories, novels
and biographies etc.
Mr Rai was an office bearer in Sathya Sai Seva Organization for
more than thirty years. He held several senior positions of
responsibility such as state coordinator for Bhajan, seminars,
public Meetings, Organizational Expansion as well as Financial
Coordinator for Sri Sathya Sai college for women, Jaipur. At
present he is member the of governing council of B. Ed College run
by Sri Sathya Sai Trust, Jaipur. He has a rich repertoire of
experiences to share with the readers of this book and may be
contacted at anubandh@hot mail.com.
In his letter of 25th May 1947 Sathya Sai Baba wrote to his
brother thus: "No one can comprehend my glory, whoever he is,
whatever his method, howerver long his attempt." He was hardly
twentyone and those words might have sounded audacious then.
But over the next sixty years they have been proved absolutely
true. For, despite many efforts none has been able to comprehend
the mysteries and miracles of Sri Sathya Sai. In that very letter he
also wrote: "I have a ‘vow’: to lead all who stray away from the
straight path, again into goodness, and save them. I am attached
to a ‘work’ that I love: to remove the sufferings of the poor and
grant them what they lack. I have a reason to be proud, for, I
rescue all who worship and adore me right." Those were brave
words. Yet, over the years they have proved to he true. They, in
brief, describe his mission. This book endeavours to describe how
Sathya Sai Baba has been going along achieving his mission.
Through our own experiences, as contained in this book, we try
to measure the immeasurable.
Baba often says: "I am a silent listener to your conversation
and an unseen guest at your table." I would go a little further so as
to assert that he is verily the indweller of our hearts and minds and
thus is fully aware of our feelings and thoughts. I cite a case here.
In early March of 2006 terrorists caused an explosion in the
precincts of the Sankat Mochan Temple of Varanasi. Some people
were killed and quite a few wounded.
To avoid a backlash and with the intent of soothing frayed
tempers the Dist, Administration of Varanasi organized a festival
of music on the ramparts of the holy Ganga, Hindu and Muslim
maestros rendered Ragas which form traditional Holi singing. A
TV channel telecast the musical feast live. As I listened to the melodies and watched the captivating vignettes of Varanasi on
TV a desire to be there and see the pious town and temples in
person gripped me. This was around 10th or 12th of March, just
before Holi. I did not mention my secret wish to anyone, not even
to my wife.
On 2nd of April I received a telephone call from Shri Ramanand
Tiwari, owner of Pilgrims Publishing, Varanasi, and we discussed
the possibility of the publication of my book on Sri Sathya Sai
Baba. We had a long conversation during which | casually
mentioned that I had never been to Varanasi. Mr Tiwari very
warmly extended me an instant invitation to come to Kaashi, be
the guest of Pilgrims Publishing, and Stay at their guest house.
That, when not even the deal for publication of the book had been
finalized. Was it not Baba, the silent indweller of my heart, playing
out his role as the wish fulfilling divine?
It took more than a couple of months for things to be finalized.
And, as this book goes into print I wait expectantly for news of its
publication, hoping to be in Varanas} to receive its first few copies.
Many incidents recounted in this book are proof of the veracity of
what Baba worte in that letter of 25th May 1947. [have tried to
delineate how he has gone on to achieve his ‘task,’ fulfill his "VOW,"
accomplish his ‘work,’ and justify his being proud. Let us be part
of his spiritual mission, for that will ensure our redemption.
I take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Shri
Ramanand Tiwari, owner of Pilgrims Publishing, for the publication
of this book. Many thanks to Mr. Christopher N Burchett for
taking pains to give a beautiful shape and form to the end-product.
Thanks also to all other members of the publishing team. Pranams
at the Lotus feet of Sathya Sai Baba for affording me the blessed
opportunity to bathe in the River of Bliss.
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