06 Sept 2004
This morning we entered the Sai Kulwant Hall to find it decorated with a
variety of colours. It looked gorgeous! On the stage, Bhagawan’s sofa was
kept in the centre and on either side were a set of pots kept one on the
other – yellow and white in colour – with a flute and a peacock feather
adoring the top most pot. Next to it was an idol of Lord Krishna kept on a
As we awaited the arrival of Lord Sai Krishna, the Naadaswaram played
tunes from our rich cultural collections. At quarter past seven, the golf
cart was seen emerging from the Poorna Chandra Hall. The Vedic chants
began. What do we see? We rubbed our eyes to make sure it was true. How
compassionate our Lord is. To give us joy and Bliss, Swami had worn the
Pitambaram – yellow coloured robe. He looked just great!! This gave us all
some feeling of compensation for not having the cow procession this time.
Swami took a full round of the hall and came and sat on the sofa. He asked
the Vice-chancellor about the programme for the day. The VC explained to
Swami that students were ready with a Music programme blended with
commentary – elaborating on the inner significance of various aspects of
Krishna’s life as expounded by Bhagawan. However, Swami had other plans of
which we were not aware. He called the boys who were going to make the
presentation (the commentary part of it). Two of them went forward and
Swami told them to sit down next to Him. After a few minutes, Swami asked
if there were anybody else. Two more students went forward who were going
to present the Telugu module of the presentation. Swami spoke to them and
asked them also to sit next to Him.
After a few minutes, Bhagawan asked the Vice-chancellor to introduce the
programme. The VC spoke for a few minutes and asked the boys to commence
their presentation. However, instead of the Music Programme, Swami asked
each of these boys to give a short talk to the audience. One by one, all
the boys took their position in front of the podium and gathering from the
material they were to use as part of their presentation and adding few
spontaneous remarks and instances, each one got through with an inspiring
and interesting talk. By the time they all completed, it was around 8.05
a.m. One student spoke in Telugu, the rest in English, interspersed with
verses in Tamil, Telugu, etc.
Bhagawan gave a signal to arrange the Discourse table. It was 8.10 a.m.
and Bhagawan started His Divine Discourse.
Highlights of the Discourse:
Human life has its limitations but God has no limitations. King Bali after
performing hundreds of Yajnas and still not attaining mental peace
performed the Ashvamedha Yajna. At that time Lord Krishna appeared in the
form of short Vamana. The Guru of king Bali, Sukracharya cautioned the
king against offering any alms to this apparently innocent and short
Brahmin. However, the king had given a word and would not go back on his
word. Upon asking what the Brahmin wanted, Vamana revealed his request of
just three steps. The Guru again warned the king not to take this matter
lightly for the consequences would be dire. But king Bali being a man of
character refused to take back his word. He prayed to Vamana to accept the
garland strung together using the rewards of his hundreds of rituals.
Vamana accepted this offering. (Saying so Bhagawan materialized this
golden garland (necklace) – a huge one – having hundred plus coin like
shapes linked together. As Bhagawan materialized the chain, it emerged
with a jingling sound and appeared to be very heavy! Swami held it up and
then placed it down. After a few minutes He hung it on the mike stand so
that all could see!!)
Vamana then assumed a mighty form and covered all the three worlds with
His three steps. All people praised and glorified Vamana. Thus God has no
limitations. All the mighty powers of Lord Krishna are for the welfare of
humanity. For example, the sun rises everyday. Who controls it? The sun
automatically follows its own duty. The light dispels the darkness. The
stars that are seen so clearly in the night sky are hidden during the day.
Scientists think that this is only on account of the light of the sun.
However, they are not able to discover the Divine Mystery.
Who is the designer of the freely flowing rivers? All the five elements
have emerged from God and behave in accordance with the dictates of His
Will. They all discharge their respective duties impeccably. This is how
it was in the Dwapara age. The Dwapara age set an ideal for all the ages
to come. However, the power of Divinity is not limited by age.
Each one must perform his duty scrupulously. But it should not be done out
of force. Rivers flow so spontaneously. Scientists are unable to discover
the mystery behind all this. The moment the child is born it starts
crying. Nobody knows why this happens. When the child cries, if you place
milk or honey in its mouth, it stops crying. Thus people concluded that
man is born basically to satiate his hunger. Day and night man struggles
to eke out a livelihood but why does he not think of the Lord?
When two branches in the forest rub against each other, it starts a fire.
It may be difficult to burn the same branch otherwise, but due to
friction, it triggers off a fire. There is fire in the wood but this fire
does not burn it from within!! How? There are so many mysteries in Nature.
Nobody understands all this. Man is in search of God to unravel the
mysteries of Nature. God is not an object that can be discovered in this
manner. Morning to night humans struggle hard just to fill their stomachs,
eating food to their full without any limit. Forgetting the Lotus eyed
One, what great pleasure do they achieve?
>Everything in this world happens by God’s Will. People think that these
powers are acquired from some strange source. No, these are all powers of
Nature. You throw a stone at somebody and it hurts. You rub two stones
against each other and it gives sparks of fire. But when you see a stone
do you see the fire in it? No. Because it is latent. The latent becomes
patent (manifest) at the appropriate time.
There used to be a lamp at Nanda’s house in Gokul. Every evening, it was a
practice that the daughter-in-law of every household would come over to
Nanda’s house and light the lamp from this burning lamp. It was their
faith that this would spread prosperity and happiness – as in Nanda’s
house - in all their houses. One day, a new daughter-in-law named Suguna
came to Nanda’s house to light the lamp. As she was lighting her lamp from
the flame, she saw the tiny form of Lord Krishna in the flame. She was so
enthralled by the attractive form of the Lord, that she stood there
enraptured by His form.
Slowly, her finger started burning in the flame. But she was not at all
aware of her body. She just kept watching His Form!!
The other Gopikas seeing this were so enthralled themselves that they
started singing with joy about Suguna witnessing the Form of the Lord.
They sang, “Sugunuku Kanipinchenanta…”. Mother Yashoda came running out
and witnessed the scene. She saw the finger of Suguna burning and she
immediately pushed her hand aside. She chided her asking her whether she
wanted to bring a bad name to the family of Nanda. Did she want people to
say that she burnt her finger at Nanda’s house? In fact when Suguna’s
in-laws did come over there, they were very upset and decided not to send
Suguna anymore to Nanda’s house. So many such mysterious episodes took
place in Yashoda’s house!
Once, all Gopikas were waiting for Lord Krishna. They came to Yashoda’s
house and asked her about Krishna. They asked her whether she was hiding
Him anywhere. Then a great miracle happened. Each one could see Krishna in
the choice of their form!! All could not see the same Krishna but each one
witnessed their own Krishna. As one of the students mentioned in his talk,
once Swami appeared to this student as Krishna in Brindavan. The student
then asked Swami, “Swami, I am able to see you in this magnificent form,
but what about all the other boys. They cannot see, nor will they believe
me.” I told him, “Your Prapti (deservedness) is yours. Their Prapti is
theirs.” Do not worry.
Mother Yashoda kept asking her Krishna, “Krishna, why don’t you eat the
butter which is at home? Why do run after the butter in other’s houses and
earn the title of a thief. There is so much butter at home but you do not
relish it.” In fact, this is true elsewhere too. Nobody likes the tasty
food made at home, but they cherish the food made outside. However,
Krishna had a different reason! Butter signifies a pure heart! Soft and
sweet! Krishna accepted butter from those who had a sweet and pure heart.
But in the process He earned the title of a thief.
Here again, it depends on how you say it. If we sing with love – Chita
Chora – we all like it. But if we just say it in words, we feel very
unpleasant. (At this point, Swami sang the Bhajan – Chita Chora Yashoda Ke
Bal…..People followed with gusto). That is why people sing the glory of
the Lord with music. Mere verbal ex-pressions will not please God. A
combination of Bhava, Raaga and Taala will please Him. Even in the Krita
and Treta Yuga when people recited all the four Vedas day and night, they
could still not attain God. But when they expressed the same in the form
of music, they were able to attain God.
>But then what about people who do not have knowledge of music? No
problem. Sing in your own way. You need not be music experts. For example,
if you just utter the words – Rama Nannu Kapaadu – it sounds very dry. But
when you sing it with love – Rama Nannu Kapaadu – (Swami sang the line),
it sounds so melodious. (There was a loud clap from the audience).
Therefore sing with feelings. It is music that takes you closer to God.
Offer your heart with music wholeheartedly to God. You will certainly find
Him. However, some get disappointed. Why? Because of prior appointment. Do
not have any appointment. Then there will be no disappointment!!
No one else has enjoyed the Bliss that Gopikas enjoyed at the time of Lord
Krishna. Think of those days and sing the glory of God today. It is music
that melts the heart and God is only after the heart!! In the times of
Lord Krishna so many devotees merged with Krishna. He is Gaana Priyudu!
Krishna!! Just one word is enough – with feelings. No other Avataar has
shown the Leelas and Mahimas as shown in the Krishna Avataar. If you want
to enjoy that Bliss, sing with your heart and with Raaga. If there is no
Raaga (tune) then there will be Roga (sickness).
Students, you all do Bhajans. Each one sings in his own way. If all of you
truly sing in harmony, you will find God in your heart. Therefore, sing
with perfection and God will manifest in your heart!!
Devotees have had so many experiences in times of Lord Krishna. Today
people are attracted to songs in theater drama and films. But what about
music for God? Any person of any age will get carried away by good music.
For example, babies are put to sleep by singing a lullaby! Though the baby
cannot understand the meaning, it responds to the music and goes to sleep!
Whether you know the techniques and science of music or not, it does not
matter. Go ahead and sing with all your heart!!
It is the Gopikas who have really experienced God. Suguna, the Gopika sang
so well. Nanduni Inta, Gopaluduanta, Deepalu Kanipinchenanta, Sugunuku
Kanipinchenanta …. There is so much of rhythm and beat. The word ‘Anta’
adds so much beauty to this verse. (Swami sang the verse). Only when we
add the Divine feelings to the Bhajans we sing, we will experience
Bhagawan concluded His Discourse at 8.50 a.m. Students started singing
Bhajans. Prasadam was distributed to all devotees. Swami gave the
materialized chain to Arun and asked him to keep it on the lid that
covered the glass of water kept for Swami. By 9.15 a.m. Swami took Aarti.
Throughout the Aarti Swami sat on the sofa giving beautiful Darshan! Then
He got up and got into the golf cart. He stood in the golf cart giving a
clearer Darshan to all. As the cart approached the Poornachandra Hall, He
sat down. Thus we had a wonderful morning basking in the Benign Presence
of our Sai Krishna!
posted by Prassana Raman - Courtesy Sai Baba News