God-madness is good madness



By Aanchal Sai Sharma & Sneha Sharma

Over the past two years, many devotees have been visiting this site to take part in the discussions on Swami’s Reappearance. In the process, many dates have been suggested by various devotees for His Return, based on dream interpretations, calculations derived from Swami’s words, astrological signs etc. There always seem to be hype around certain dates, after the passing of which, devotees set their eyes on the next possible scenarios. By no means have these been treated as “predictions” as it is clear that no one can predict the unpredictable. And, deep in our hearts, it is clear to all of us that Swami alone knows how and when things will all pan out. It is impossible to foresee what the Avatar would do next! That being the case, many have questioned why devotees still engage in speculations about the possible dates of His return.

In this short article, the Sharma sisters address this important question and come up with a simple reasoning of why they believe it is perfectly fine to participate in such discussions.

Swami had once explained the significance of 'Namasmarana' by giving the following example:

Just as when we go near a flame accidentally or on purpose, without awareness or with full awareness, we nevertheless feel its heat and the flame affects us. Such is the power of Namasmarana too. If we do intone it mentally, casually or for any other reason, the exercise of remembering God affects us. And it affects us only for good!

When in despair, it calms us. When in agony, it soothes us. When in pain, it acts as an ointment. When in joy, it increases the joy tenfold !!!

In the same way, when we talk about His 'Return', its possibilities and the probable dates, we are in fact remembering and contemplating on our Mother Sai, keeping us constantly immersed in His divine thoughts.

Here is a short story that we remember from the book 'Tapovanam', pointing at the significance of Namasmarana, which we would like to share:

One night, Peddabottu, a great devotee of Bhagawan, was getting ready to sleep under a tree opposite to Swami's residence.  Soon as it started to drizzle, she removed herself from there and prepared to sleep in the veranda outside Swami's room. As she was making her bed, she chanted to herself, as a matter of habit, "Aum Sree Sai Ram". Immediately, Swami came out of His room, pulled her up and said, "Why won't you allow me to sleep?"

Pedda Bottu: Swami, who has stopped You from sleeping?

Swami: When you are summoning me, how can I go to bed and sleep?

Pedda Bottu: Swami, I am in habit of doing Namasmarana, and  uttered Aum Sree Sai Ram, within myself. I did not intend to call You.

Swami: What does that Japam mean? IT AMOUNTS TO CALLING ME, Namasmarana is no different from SUMMONING THE GOD!  

These talks about the Return of our beloved Swami are bringing all His children together, where their sole focus is on the Lord and on getting to see this whole world transform into one big Prasanthi Nilayam. All these dates only alert us to prepare ourselves for the most awaited day, the Return, and in absolutely no way does it stop us from treading on the spiritual path. 

Also, the passing of these speculated dates are not really disheartening His children, but only increasing our longing, our intense yearning for Him. 

Well, to some this is sheer madness, however, in our humble opinion, if the madness is Sai-Madness, then this madness can only be good!!! 

By Swami's Grace, the discussions on the probable dates of His return, have only led to further thoughts about Him. It is something we ought to be constantly indulged in while leaving the rest on the shoulders of our dear Mother Sai.

We are certain that eventually our anxiety, anxiousness, confusions...everything will be taken care of by our beloved Mother Sai. 

"Resort to Namasmarana and God Himself will be at your beck and call." – Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Rajesh2014-10-27 04:19#
Post April 24, 2011 there was a sort of blankness within me that could never be explained. When I first saw the mail with subject like 'possible deliberation on the return' I thought it was some one who was too wishful putting up something. But fortunately I opened it and read it in one full sitting then and there.Within the first 2-3 pages I was convinced that the writer really means what was written and the message was always there.It was rereading what Bhagawan has said over and over again. For me it was simple - Bhagawan has said it and then it has to happen. What this made me is to be more honest with my efforts in my Sadhana. I saw a purpose in doing it. I am not claiming that I have made any progress but there is an intent which is better than what it was before.
Joy2014-10-27 04:37#
"Sai-Madness" has a beautiful ring to it and Swami Himself spoke of Ramakrishna Parahamsa and His yearning for Divine Darshan. That too was 'Madness for God'. Each day that passed without seeing the Divine Mother was judged as a wasted day by Ramakrishna. So too for us. With each 'Prediction day' that passes, we are developing more yearning, more focus on God. May we continue to suffer from this "Sai-Madness".... to passionately look forward to the 'Next Predicted Return Date'... and the 'Next'.. and the 'Next'... until one day we are Blessed with His Divine Darshan and, like Ramakrishna Parahamsa, we will see Him in every human being.

Divine Discourse 23.11.1999 www.sathyasai.org/discour/1999/d991123.html

"Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to contemplate on Divine Mother day in and day out. Before going to bed, he would feel sad thinking that another day had passed without the darshan of the Divine Mother. He used to think, "Perhaps my heart has not become ripe to deserve the Divine grace. What is the use of eating an unripe fruit? So, I shall ripen my heart and offer it to Mother."....

.... "Once Vivekananda asked Ramakrishna Paramahamsa whether he had seen God. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa emphatically replied, "Yes, I have seen God. I have seen Him just as I am seeing you and you are seeing me." "Then how is it that I don't see Him?" asked Narendra (Vivekananda). Ramakrishna gave a full answer, "You weep for your family, you suffer for your business and wealth, but do you ever weep or yearn for a vision of God? Do that and you will certainly see God! All the time I am pining only for the vision of God. Therefore, God is visible for me for all the time in every human being."
Paul2014-10-27 05:17#
Great points. Thanks to the Sharma sisters, Sreejith & Baba.
Latha Sairam
Latha Sairam2014-10-27 06:28#
I sincerely thank Swami, Sister Aanchal Sai Sharma, Sneha Sharma and Brother Sreejith for this wonderful article. Feeling Happy :) Sairam
SAMY2014-10-27 09:00#
suchi shetty
suchi shetty2014-10-27 10:34#
You are absolutely right. Speculating on the when and how of Swami`s reappearance on earth fills our hearts with joy and hope, strengthens faith and keeps us going. If it is `madness`, it is indeed a very good madness! It is giving much joy and hope to a lot of people.
Jim Martineau
Jim Martineau2014-10-29 04:10#
These are good and beautiful points that these lovely devotees are making. Thank you.
Reinhard Geith
Reinhard Geith2014-11-02 17:00#
Yes, Karthigai-month fast approaching . . .
Joy2014-11-05 09:21#
Sai Baba: "To a worldly man, a God-intoxicated person will appear mad and he will laugh at him for it. But to the God-intoxicated man, the worldly appear insane, foolish misled, blind. Of all the insanities that harass man, God-madness is the least harmful, the most beneficial. The world has suffered untold damage due to its "mad" rulers and "mad" guides; but nothing but harmony, peace, brotherliness and love have come out of the 'God-madness' of man!"
Prashaanthi Nilayam, Mahaashivaraathri, 1955 www.sssbpt.info/ssspeaks/volume01/sss01-02.pdf
C2015-02-27 00:31#
Thank you for this wonderfull article. I was , for some reason questioning my usual "Om Sai Ram" Namasmarana going inside me. I thought maybe repeat His proper name (although y have answered this question myself a couple of times before). I know that all names are His. Any way, the story of this lady repeating "Om Sri Sai Ram" is pretty close as the name repeated by me.
Is no good to change names , mind is trained to a particular name.
S.Nagarajan2015-02-27 14:20#
Yes, chanting the name of god is highly potent exercise. Initially, it may be a mechanical process. But if you persist with faith, you will develop taste for the name. After some time, the name will be involuntarily rolling on our tongue. Hence Saint Thyagaraja sang, "Oh Rama, "Nee Nama entha ruchira? - Oh Rama how sweet is your name. Let us constantly chant the divine name which is sweeter to us like Om Sai or Om Sai Ram or Om Sri Sai Ram or even Om Sri Sathya Sai Ram.
Rakesh2015-08-19 04:24#
Beautiful and simple message ! Reminds me of 1994-1995 when Swami spent a lot of time in Brindavan due to the construction of Sai Kulwant Hall.The yearning of the devotees,residents and the studetns translated into Akhanda Namasmarana in Puttaparthi. Vibhuti and Amrit started manifesting in various parts of the Ashram including the Students Hostel. Such was the power of Namasmarana that Swami was pulled by the pure hearts to travel to Puttaparthi. Am sure a billion other experiences of devotees across the world. Namasmarana is oxygen for the soul and the madness for Sai has been perfectly illustrated through Sri Ramakrishna's love for the Divine Mother !

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