When Bhagawan comes home every month...
Sanathana Sarathi is yet another manifestation of Bhagawan’s ‘deergadarshan’ (foresight). Fifty years ago, He knew that when the flocking of devotees would swell and cover the entire globe – His mission, which He so loves to personally administer, needed to reach the home of every devotee as a reminder, energiser and connector. Today the world is talking of ‘Direct to Home’. Bhagawan had already put down – not the fibre optic pipeline or the satellite, but the saiheartic cabling down to every devotee’s household with Sanathana Sarathi.
To most, it is Swami coming home every month. Sitting at our table and gently prodding us from our slumber, to wake up and take heed; To not let the mundane overwhelm us. To me personally, Sanathana Sarathi brought and still does, the answers to the questions crowding my mind and helps me deal with life positively. It is my spiritual thesaurus. I never read it at a stretch. I read it and still do so, in bits and pieces so that the ‘saara’ or the nectar seeps into my addled brain and being.
I remember that years ago, not everyone subscribed to Sanathana Sarathi, may be because it was in English. So the study circles took it upon themselves to delineate Bhagawan’s message in the local language at the Samithis.The Sanathana Sarathi was also circulated amongst Samithi members. It never occurred to many of us that we could subscribe for this chariot. In retrospective this looks like having been Pennywise and pound-foolish.
This DTH brought home celebrations, discourses, special messages and wonderful photographs of Bhagawan. It still continues to do so and that too in colour. Those who were not fortunate enough to go to Puttaparthi for the special celebrations – did not miss much. All of the splendour was brought home in graphic detail by our very own Kasturi Ji, who was often the butt of Swami’s pranks and jokes.
This may sound rather strange – I always read the synoptic message on the back cover first because I am always sure that I will find that nugget which will enrich my life or course correct it.
Swami’s grace is so vast that He does not put you or me in a bind as to how we need to read or how not to. He merely puts the book into your hands. And if one is indeed fortunate, the messaging or in today’s terminology, the signals are strong.
Somewhere along the line, Chinna Katha became an integral part of the Sanathana Sarathi. This spiritual DTH has something for everyone in the family. And today this treasure house of wisdom, is also multi lingual!
In His inimitable manner, Bhagawan is gently prodding us to become literate too! At least literate enough to read this chariot of Bhagawan that’s so carefully put together and comes to our very own doorsteps. The large picture in the beginning refreshes all of us. Earlier when technology was not advanced enough to us have darshan of Bhagawan, via television or the internet, this picture was the darshan that we all got. It is still so precious!
If someone were to ask me –“What has Sanathana Sarathi done to your life” – I may not be able to get into the specifics. It has done so much that one cannot really put it down in black and white. When I carry it with me I feel protected. I can read it any number of times to find new meanings and messages evolve – guiding me every step of the way. I believe it is that personal letter which my Sai Pita and Mata, send to me month on month. It is my umbilical chord connection to Bhagawan! My personalised DTH connection with Beloved Bhagawan!