- Published on 02 January 2016
Above: Swami's bounteous blessings bestowed on STKC book at a devotee's home last week (The devotee wishes to stay anonymous). As I was contemplating on posting the above picture, a Sai brother called to convey the good news of Vibhuthi manifestation on STKC book kept at another home!
Over the past few days, I have been receiving many emails and messages from devotees who have been distraught at the "apparent" delay in the Reappearance. At this juncture, I would like to re-iterate that His Reappearance is a certainty in my mind. The rationale behind my belief in reappearance has been told and retold several times in the book, this website and the interviews. There is no need to repeat those here but still I would like to cite just one: When Swami declared that the entire world would come to Him, every Sai devotee knew in their hearts that only an earthshaking miracle by Swami could bring about something that phenomenal. After His "seemingly" premature disappearance, isn't it quite obvious that His Reappearance would be that great miracle which would bring the whole world to His Lotus Feet? It is unfortunate that now-a-days many Sai devotees conveniently forget such futuristic Divine proclamations of Lord Sathya Sai.
However, deep in our hearts, it is clear to all of us that Swami alone knows the sequence of events in His Divine Drama. The actions of the Lord are precisely calculated, yet, remain colossally beyond human calculations. The various dreams, visions and revelations can only reveal part of the story as they primarily are a supreme reflection of His love, compassion and a spontaneous response to our longing for Him. More than anything, they help strengthen devotees' faith in His Reappearance. As we have seen over the past four years, just when people start losing hope, there will be another revelation on the horizon. That has been the story of STKC since its inception and I believe this pattern will continue until that glorious day dawns!
At the same time, let us not be deluded into thinking that He is keeping on changing His plans. In my belief, Swami would never change His plans. He doesn't have to! He is God and everything automatically happens according to His Will. As a Sai brother once said, "The whole Universe has to re-orient itself to fulfill His Word". Even the date of His Reappearance would have been predetermined long before He took birth. It's just that He is giving us these "carrots" of dreams and visions, so that we don't lose hope. Then again, this will be the greatest event ever in human history. For the same reason, it will be unwise to assume that it can be attained so easily. He might make us wait, work hard and even give us all some difficult tests during this crucial phase. All I can say is, in the end it will be worth all the wait! The best way to approach this interlude is to "wait and watch" and in the meantime, enjoy His Divine Play as an onlooker.
Waiting for Him is indeed a meditation. The discussions on the return of our beloved Bhagawan have only led to further thoughts about Him and help strengthen our collective will to manifest that miracle. It is something to constantly indulge in while leaving the rest to the ever expansive indomitable Will of our dear Lord.
To quote the words of Shammi Paranjape, renowned journalist and author:
"Swami says that of all madness that afflicts man, the most beneficial is God madness. So, I think, one should care not for anything, least of all for what others say, but carry on the love madness of loving and waiting for the soul's desire to manifest...and manifest it will. And while loving let us continue to uphold the highest values as enjoined upon us by Swami...Above all else, let us avoid hurting anyone in thought, word or deed".
Deepest gratitude to You, dear Lord for these Vibhuthi manifestations. We take it as Your reassurance to uplift our spirits and as an inspiration to continue this "meditation" of waiting for You into the New Year 2016.
May this new year bring lots of joy, peace and harmony to the world! Let us hope and pray that 2016 be the year when Truth returns to reign supreme!