Swami Advised Him To Read ‘Sanathana Sarathi’

How many of us are into ‘following’ Sanathana Sarathi, Prasanthi Nilayam’s sacrosanct spiritual journal, that had its inception in a Divine Resolve of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai more than six decades ago?  Do we realise that Bhagawan’s every single resolve is aiming at uplifting humanity to the highest level of SAI consciousness? To aid this priceless journey granted by The Sampoorna Avatar in the right and most-befitting way, it is time for us to go back to our roots, knowing and acknowledging Him as our Sanathana Sarathi, and thus the supreme significance of the journal launched by Him reflecting His infinitely infinite ‘cosmic designation’. Here is a beautiful tale orchestrated by Bhagawan ‘HimSelf’ on the incomparable beauty and significance of ‘Sanathana Sarathi’.  

This story dates back to a decade and a half approximately, as the protagonist here does not keep a well-judged track of time anymore, being in the fag end of eighties.  The story happened in Northern Kerala, precisely in Thalassery, a municipal township. The protagonist was a staunch disciple of famed Avadhoota Siddha Bhagawan Nithyananda of Ganeshpuri, who shed His mortal frame on 8 August 1961 at Ganeshpuri in Maharashtra. Before settling in, he, who was into a serious ‘soul-searching’, had landed in Ganeshpuri at a ‘tender’ age of 14/15, more than seven decades ago, seeking one single thing… G-O-D!!! After a wonderful stint with the Bhagawan for over 2 and a half year in His Ashram, serving Him along with another youngster, who went on to become the famed Swami Muktananda later, as advised and blessed by Bhagawan Nithyananda, the protagonist then sought out a specified preceptor in Kerala, following the path of Brahma Vidya. At the end of a successful course, the guru had advised him to get into grihasta ashram, householder’s life, to clear off many a karmic knot.

Life was never a bed of roses for him, with innumerable knots waiting to be untied, yet he was always immersed in his ‘swadharma’, while delivering every single ‘earthly’ duty with utmost diligence. During his official stint in Mumbai, then Bombay, decades ago, he had the rarest blessing of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai’s Darshan, twice. All that he knew then about Bhagawan was that his elder brother was an ardent devotee of Him, who would frequent to Prasanthi Nilayam only to earn wonderful personal attention.

Post his retirement and settling down in life, one fine ‘almost fifteen year back’ morning, as he was lying down on a coat in his room, blissfully immersed in ‘sudhdha bodham’, as he would call it, state of pure consciousness, he had a colossally magical experience, a ‘Visiting Card’ from  ‘The Most Unknown Guest!’ Off the cuff he was made to face a unique ‘unknown’ guest, face to Face, Who appeared there in a trice, as if manifested out of thin air.

He was caught off guard by the sudden appearance of an Orange Robed Radiant Persona with a crown of hallowed hair, sitting right next to him, exuding an indefinably radiant smile – Pure Love!!!. With that cosmically enchanting smile, He slowly leaned over to the other side of the coat, crossing over the lying man, settling ‘his’ right palm on the other edge of the coat. Bending forward, looking deep into his eyes, the ‘stranger’ then asked in a nectarously mellifluous tone… “Do You Get Sanathana Sarathi?” The first person here was in a kind of ‘cosmic-trance’, where he could feel only LOVE…LOVE…LOVE only! ‘The Eye’ with the eye and ‘The Soul’ with the soul!!! …and time almost stood still, allowing LOVE to operate!!!

The ‘visitor’ continued with His course: “Get it and read it; share it with others and help them to ‘consciously’ evolve.” …And lo! The moment next, the ‘magic figure’ was gone, vanished in a trice, back into thin air!!!

Sanathana Sarathi…? ‘Divine’ visitation…? …he could not immediately connect the right dots, and thus allowed it to be slipped, allowing the ‘right’ time to ripe, unveiling the ‘real’ story.

Day-2, same time, same place. As he was lying down on the same coat, the same ‘crown-haired-hallowed-orange-robed-persona’ appeared before him and averred the same sentence, ditto, as if delivering a ‘carbon copy!’  “Do You Get Sanathana Sarathi?” “Get it and read it; share it with others and help them to ‘consciously’ evolve.” …And ‘He’ was gone!

He turned more curious now, but was still found wanting, lacking clarity and thus slipped back, allowing the ‘right time’ to tell the story.

Day-3, same time, same place, and yet another encore of the same incident, repeating the same message, “Do You Get Sanathana Sarathi?” “Get it and read it; share it with others and help them to ‘consciously’ evolve.” …and again the vanishing act!

Three times in a row, same incident about an unheard of ‘Sanathana Sarathi’ and he was wide awake now, a conscious thrust from within. He thought for a moment, …three times, …the same message from …the same persona, with that infinitely mesmerising effect! Never had it struck him then about the ‘Sathya Sai Darshanam’ he had had long back, back in Mumbai, during his ‘Bombay-days.’

The same evening he set himself out to a nearby junction to do some errands. As is his wont, he went to a nearby studio, owned by an acquaintance, who has had a heartfelt transformation after listening to his advice. As he went in, his attention was impulsively drawn to a beautiful photograph of a figure resplendent, a ‘familiar’ photo frame hung over there. Curious he turned, he asked the studio owner as to who ‘he’ was? Pat came his reply, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthi. This was the ‘radiant persona with hallowed crown of hair’ who frequented him last three days on the trot, giving him the ‘dosage’ of Sanathana Sarathi.

Hardly this conversation was over, he heard a chatter from behind, conversing about something like, as he could make it, ‘Sanathana Sarathi’. He turned back and found another acquaintance in the middle of a conversation, speaking on Sanathana Sarathi and subscriptions. Curiously curious, he asked him as to what this ‘Sanathana Sarathi’ was all about. The person, a devotee of Bhagawan, explained it in one line… Sanathana Sarathi is the spiritual journal from Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi, the Divine Abode of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba… sent out on a monthly basis carrying Bhagawan’s Divine messages.

Adept only in one worldly language, vernacular Malayalam, apart from the language of Brahma Vidya, he lost no time in ensuring his subscription for the priceless journal, in his only readable language.

Later, when he had a short stint of three months stay in Puttaparthi, he would often read out Sanathana Sarathi messages to a selected few, explaining the purport of the beauty of His messages from an elevated level of understanding. He would often remind us, ‘Sanathana Sarathi is not to be read the way you all do; IT should be read with diligence and reverence, paying complete attention, knowing that you are reading Bhagawan HimSelf.’

About his personal experience with Sanathana Sarathi, he later confessed, after started reading the holy messages, many of his psychic knots (grandhis) got released or broken. The sacred Sri Lalita Sahasranamam describes various grandhis, glorifying The Supreme Mother… as ‘Manipurantharuditha Vishnu Grandhi Vibhedini…’, ‘Ajna Chakrantharalastha Rudra Grandhi Vibhedini…’, that help one in conscious evolution, step by step, stage by stage.

I was sitting with this revered persona a month ago, in the same room, next to the same coat, when he was lying down awaiting the final call. I had a request to him then, for an encore of the narration, recalling the same story once again. He obliged instantly, even in his trying times of physical ill-health. Narrating the story, he blessed me to share the ‘Story Of Glory Of Sanathana Sarathi’, a mandate given by The Lord Supreme Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai, Who had advised him then… Read and spread the message to help others in ‘conscious’ evolution.

…And about Beloved Mother Sai, Who appeared before him three times on the trot, he had his beautiful words full of love and gratitude. He said, ‘with Bhagawan looking deep into my eyes, I had that experience of LOVE, which I had had never before.’ Referring to that ‘Eye-to-eye’ Divine Romance, he said, “Never In My Life I Have Experienced Such Beautiful Of Love!!!” Truly, Bhagawan looked deep into his eyes, and through those eyes, deep in to the ‘Soul-Within’!

To those who were around him, and into the fold of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai, he would always serve one reminder, “The Seat That You Are Blessed To Be Devoted Is The Highest In All The Worlds. Hold On To Him Ever and EverAfter.”

Hail The Lord Supreme, Sri Sathya Sai, The Eternal Charioteer, Sanathana Sarathi!!!

II Samastha Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II