- Published on 27 June 2012
With Swami's Grace, after releasing the book “Sai Thy Kingdom Come” I have been receiving overwhelming number of wonderful feedbacks. It is a really amazing feeling to know that I am not alone in this line of thought. In fact, now I feel that a large part of Sai devotees really have faith that Swami will return in the same form as Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Even though minimal, I have also received some dismissive feedbacks. A few have vouched bluntly against Swami’s return claiming that they already know Swami will come back only as Prema Sai.
In the grand scheme of things, even the major points in their argument against His return are so miniscule compared to the act of return itself. As an old saying goes, if an elephant can easily pass through the needle’s eye, why worry about its tail getting stuck in it? Even the devotees who do not believe in His return shouldn’t discount that possibility since with Swami anything is possible. Anyways, I feel obliged to answer some questions regarding the book.
Have I unlocked the mystery? I certainly do not claim so. But my faith says He will return and if you look close enough, the writing is on the wall too. My conviction apart, the book advocates a very strong possibility. And the clues lie in Swami’s own words. I have not said anything new about Swami in the book that the Sai devotees do not know already. However the Sai literature is a vast ocean and it is very difficult to see all His relevant statements in one place. This book is a humble venture into putting together those bits and pieces into a definite shape. We have heard the story of seven blind men who spoke of the elephant (I can’t seem to get past this big guy!) as a pillar, a fan, a rope or a wall, because they contacted but a part and could not comprehend the entire animal. Alternatively, if an eighth blind had tried to talk to the other seven and put together the information received, probably the picture would have looked atleast a little more closer to the elephant than that of a pillar or a rope. So I believe that information is indeed beneficial if only it is used in the right manner.
Some point to Swami’s discourses where He says “body is not permanent” as a sign that He would not come back. But my counter is that He was anyways going to come back as Prema Sai, wasn’t He? That body is also not going to be permanent? That doesn’t mean He will not come back as Prema Sai, would it?
But what I really cannot accept is when people ask, "Swami has already given us everything, so does it matter whether He returns?". Well what about the rest of the world who missed His beautiful form and a chance to see it? Especially since Swami's earlier statements point to such a golden opportunity that is available for the whole world and not just 1% of the population as it is now? Don't we care about the rest of the world? My faith in Swami does not depend on His return. But I do care about the world and I really saw in Swami's words, such a world-scale transformation that He would bring about while still in His body. So I care and pray for that to happen.
Some others say, we need to go beyond the attachment to His body. I agree. In my belief, that is exactly the reason why Swami has forced His temporary disappearance on us. We should all try to get over the attachment to His body and go beyond that to realize Him in each and everything. We know that Swami will go out of His way to guide a sincere sadhaka and what more do we need than to have the Lord Himself as our teacher and guide? I am certain that no one would stop their inner journey and everything else in order to wait for the return of the Lord. Rather, the book was written so that all of us can intensify our sadhana and prepare ourselves for the ensuing Golden Age. Because that is what He has urged us to do.
The day of awakening is not so far away and when it comes there will be a revelation of the true power of God, a manifestation of the omnipresence of the Lord. This will be the signal for a great move forward and the weeding out of those who are not ready to accept the challenge of the moment…It will be like a new age, the age of love, harmony and co-operation replacing the age of war, fighting, hatred, jealousy, greed and all those negative aspects of life. Everyone should prepare NOW for this change, for I promise you that it will come, and only those who are ready will survive…I have given the warning, I have given My message a thousand times and no one who hears My words can claim ignorance. Do not delay action to put right your own life style and to change it to the way of God. There is no other way. (Sai Messages for you and me, Lucas Ralli, Vol 1, Part 2)
How can we be ready? Only by intensifying our sadhana. The impetus that I receive by thinking of His return itself gives me unimaginable power within to wake up and tread towards that goal. Then how can I not share that with others? How can I not have published this book?