Bhagawan’s Five Letter Pronouncement – GOD ‘IS’

More than a decade ago during one of the ‘famed’ Trayee’ sessions in Brindavan, Whitefield, Bengaluru, as the Conversations with The Divine went on, Bhagawan hinted at a ‘would be’ time, during His physical reign, a time of absolute profundity marked with great happenings. Excited beyond reason, one of the seniors asked Bhagawan: ‘Swami, what sadhana we should do to be eligible to witness these happenings?’ Bhagawan’s response was straight and simple. No sadhana is required; all you have to do is to know that ‘Sai Baba Is God’. Did not He indicate this ‘True Truth’ to you and me time and again, over and over again, as His ‘SaiLent’ reminder??? Reminiscing and relishing ‘The Ultimate Presence On Planet Earth’ Sri Jullie Chaudhuri from Pune writes about Him, The Beauty Beyond Compare Lord Supreme, His Darshan, the epochal Sri Sathya Sai Darshana Mahotsavam and His famous Five-Letter Pronouncement, God Is… Read on…

After having seen that Most Dearest Form…do I want to set my eyes on anything else? After having heard that Divine mellow voice… do these ears need hear any other sound? After having known that Divine fragrance what else is there to breathe? What can be more sublime, what more is there to gain, what greater boon than the sight of this Loving, Living God?

The Formless Absolute chose an Enchanting Form, taking on hues of orange-gold, encapsulating Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema, Ahimsa; ennobling, engaging, enriching, endearing, enhancing, elevating and enlightening humanity to hitherto unscaled dimensions.

Every particle that forms Sai Kulwant Hall echoes an immense gratitude at the honour endowed upon it by The Lord of the Universe, as He encircled its premises at every Darshan, energising the gathering along with each particle of dust.

And, as He so did encircle Sai Kulwant Hall, He ensured that His boundless aura – that magnificent cascade of pink hues, did enfold, ensconce, enwrap each and every atom, not only within this hallowed hall, but over the surrounding hills, embracing the distant horizon through.

None can gauge, fathom or evaluate what we receive from Beloved Bhagawan, just like Him this too remains an eternal enigma, a mystery, a puzzle. Though the onus remains with us to reflect His life and message of innate compassion and selflessly serve all life forms through every moment that time and destiny decidedly sends our way.

Let us imbibe what He does pronounce – “On this Guru Purnima day I do not intend to give you any Ashtakshari (eight letter) or Panchaakshari (five-letter) mantra based on any particular deity’s name. Nor Am I enjoining you to study any Upanishad, or the Gita or the  Brahma Sutras.  There is a simple five-letter pronouncement – “God Is.” (‘Devudunnaadu’). Make this your sheet-anchor. If you go on reciting it, thinking over it, acting up to it and conveying it to others, immersing yourself in the bliss of this experience, you will be making the greatest contribution to the welfare of the world. (Swami recited a poem on the glories of God’s creation to prove “Devudunnaadu”).

Consider this mantra as the message for this Guru Purnima and proclaim it in all circumstances and at all places with all the conviction and strength you can command. The world can be turned into an earthly paradise if you strengthen your faith in God and demonstrate it in your actions. You must have the courage and determination to face any kind of problems and difficulties. By propagating this mantra you can promote the love of God and the fear of sin among the people. The mantra “God Is” can be more powerful than a mantra based on any particular deity’s name.”  (Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 19)

Discoursing on the subject during another occasion Bhagawan averred thus: “You feel that arpitham (total surrender) to God is rather difficult, but according to Me, nothing is easier than this. It may be difficult to make a garland out of flowers or to pluck the petals of a flower, but total surrender to God is easier and simpler than this. You find it difficult because you do not have steady and firm faith in God. GOD ‘I S’.”  (Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 32)

And so, ‘God Is’ and we are His, and as such He is enthroned and enshrined in every heart and as His children we remain enclosed in His arms eternally.  Who can evaluate, appreciate or grasp His ways? It remains beyond the capacity of a finite mortal mind and so let Beloved Bhagawan’s sweet words ring in the core of our being, a lesson in faith and trust, for His delays are never His denials – “Whatever I do it is for you, not for Me. For what is it that can be called Mine? Only You.”

What can be said about the Everlasting One, The Beloved One, The Only One, Whose every Darshan has an eternally everlasting effect, resounding and resonating the ether through, touching our very core? Suffice to say, The Era Of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai has precious more in store.

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavnatu II