- Published on 28 January 2016
By Shammi Paranjape
It started even before it started. When 24th April 2011 happened, my subconscious I think, went into STKC mode immediately. I,like every other devotee, wanted Sai to ‘come back’ and complete the task of establishing His divine beauteous kingdom of love all over the world. I wanted the unnameable, unbelievable miracle to happen. And I sought from everywhere - from the spiritual firmament, from prophesies, and dreams, and the internet, some sign, some hope. Never having been much of an online person, I suddenly was glued to Google Search, scouring the material available. There were some stunning revelations that sparked great hope. Reading the prophesies, and related stuff was tremendously exciting. Also, it kind of so fitted in. It was like discovering the missing piece of the agonising jigsaw puzzle, left for us by Swami, to tackle.
Hope is one of the best gifts of life. It gets you through the roughest passages, with its ‘never-say-die’ spirit of buoyancy. The story of the phoenix exemplifies this beautifully. And so it was, that slowly hope sprang up in me, and added life to life once again.
Knowing that anything and everything is possible for Sai, I waited for something to happen.
There was one more thing that was a source of great hope. This was an inner voice message given to my close friend, Shanti (1), just two days prior to Swami leaving His body. My friend is blessed to have received many gems of wisdom, on the inner voice level, down the years. A book of these divine messages, titled, ‘From Him to me’ was published and later sold under the auspices of the Prasanthi Book Trust, Puttaparthi. Around the time when Swami was unwell, and everybody of the Sai Fraternity in unimaginable agony, to ease the anguish Swami gave a message one day, out of the blue. It was a potent and stunning message. We read the message over and again, trying to decode its meaning. Even as we were wondering what it meant, Swami ‘left’…
For a while, we were too anguished to even think. I felt a strange stupor overtake me, that in a bizarre way anaesthetised me. Life was a dream, Swami said, and this, what was happening was one part of the dream. However, after a lapse of time, I re-read the message Swami had so graciously, in His immense love and compassion given. When I read the message again it stunned me. For two reasons. It said many intriguing things in between the lines, and secondly it tallied with the inner voice message received by Seema Dewan - ‘A Miracle….To Come..’ which I and so many innumerable others read on Sai Divine Inspirations online.
I reproduce the message received by Shanti here with the permission of the Author:
Sai Message received by Sister Shanti Bhawalkar two days before Swami left His body
“Let the oceans rise,
Let the sky come crashing down,
Let the earth stop revolving round the sun,
But you don’t waver in your faith and devotion,
Because that alone can turn things around in a moment.
Remember that My word is the Ultimate Truth,
And whatever I have said to you is bound to happen; it HAS to happen…
And why do I tell you this?
It is because of your faith and devotion...Your love for God.
Never forget that God is nothing but love
And only love can draw Him closer to His devotees...
So, love alone will bring Me among My devotees,
And that too, very soon...
Don’t get affected by what your eyes see
Or your ears hear...
Instead let the flame of your faith and devotion burn brighter
And in that bright flame
You will be able to see the Reality...
For there is only one REALITY...your Bhagawan...
Swami in this way gave an intimation of what was going to happen and also how we should react to it. He also hinted that we should not believe what our physical eyes were seeing, and how only love could and would turn it all around and bring Him among His devotees, "And that too, very soon"...
Time passed and I continued to be in silent waiting mode. I knew it would not happen so easily and that it would take time, immense patience, intense sadhana and unflinching trust and faith - for how could we expect something magnificent beyond belief to happen so easily??
And then, serendipity! My brother-in-law (2) returned from a vista to the U.S. and gave me a copy of a book – Sai Thy Kingdom Come, presented to him by Sreejith. It was my first introduction to the book and did it make my pulse race! I was over the moon. It was tying up and it was going to happen - that unfinished epic saga of Sri Sathya Sai's Divine earthly sojourn, suspended in some etheric landscape, would see the light of day again. I felt my soul breathe...
After that, I discovered this wonderful STKC website offering regular treasures of mind boggling dreams, visions, insightful posts and comments, which nourished my belief and faith. As Swami says just like a small lamp gets you through a dark forest and a raft across the ocean, STKC has been the lamp and the raft that has brought me across the timespan of the years just gone.
Thank you, Swami. Thank you, Sreejith...and all the committed, sincere and ardent followers of this site, for all the wonderful, inspiring inputs. It has been a journey of love and hope and will continue to be so.
More than anything else, this is a wondrous place to be. We are in constant sweet remembrance of our beloved Swami and in beautiful satsang, and full of sweet hope that we will get the Darshan of our exquisite Lord again - by His grace alone.
The remarkable happenings that led to the writing of STKC and the amazing dreams and brilliant visions to diverse devotees that tally and sync with each other in marvelous ways, leads one to believe with full conviction that something magnificent is imminent where Sai will be emblazoned across the consciousness of the entire world. How and when this will happen is a secret only Swami knows……
But, I and all of us are ready to wait. With love, devotion and surrender.
(1) Sister Shanti Bhawalkar - who is blessed with the "inner voice" of Sai. Some of the beautiful Sai Messages she received have been published in her book "From Him to me", sold under the auspices of the Prasanthi Book Trust, Puttaparthi
(2) Sri Sunil Gavaskar - The Legendary Cricketer