CEASELESS SHOWER OF GRACE
Dr. J. Shashidhara Prasad is a renowned scientist and an eminent educationist. He served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Mysore from 2003 to 2007 and Vice Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam from 2010 to 2014.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Avatar of the Age, blessed me to take over the mantle of His creation, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning as Vice Chancellor in 2010. The induction function was held on 10 June, 2010 and I started in office from 19 July, 2010. One of the mandates of Swami was that I should earnestly hasten up the process of starting the new campus of His University at Muddenahalli. He also mentioned that He was going to stay in the hilltop building there.
We had to get the University reaccredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council before we could approach the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the University Grants Commission for permission to start the new campus. By the grace of Swami, we could get the accreditation carried out faster than happens routinely. Swami used to enquire about the status of recognition and the starting of the programmes almost every fortnight and reiterate that He would stay in Muddenahalli.
We had to submit the detailed regulations of the University, as per the Deemed University guidelines. Swami had also cleared the B.C.A. and B.B.M. programmes after deliberating on the importance of the courses for students from rural backward areas. The campus came into functional existence from June 2011. But our Father, Mother, Guide, Guru and God – Swami – had decided to leave His mortal body. I was totally depressed that we were not able to start the campus to bring joy to Him when He was in the physical form.
I came to know later that a number of manifestations were happening in the hill-top building, Sri Sathya Sai Anandam, the abode which Swami used to mention to me. It was confirmed by some senior devotees that Baba had mentioned in His discourses and personal interviews about His spending the last few years of this Avatar in a hill-top abode. This corresponded with His interest to stay in Muddenahalli.
As a scientist, I am convinced that the Divine can exist both in gross and light forms as matter itself can exist in gross or wave form. I was fully and absolutely convinced over the course of time, with my own experiences, the details of which are personal to individuals chosen by Bhagawan. This does not imply that Swami the Divine Avatar is localised. I am sure He pervades the entire cosmos, He himself being that. He is also in Puttaparthi and any other place where the people have absolute faith and devotion to His cosmic form, and surrender.
A few months ago, I came to know that Swami had started giving Divine Discourses and Interviews to the devotees through a 'communicator' – the 'communicator' being one of our alumni brothers, Sri Madhsudhan.
I had been to Muddenahalli as a guest for the inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Centre of Human Excellence, which has been recognised by the University of Mysore. On that occasion, I was told that Swami had called me to Anandam. It was a great experience wherein many issues not known to anyone else came up.
As a scientist, an element of doubt was tickling me. I had an opportunity to visit the house of Sri Vasudev, a scientist in Defence Research and Development Organisation in Bengaluru, wherein a lot of miracles and manifestations happen. I had written down the important points that had come up in the Interview in Anandam and enclosed the same in a sealed cover. I kept the same in the pooja room, prayed and meditated for some time, and went out to share our experiences with our beloved Swami. After lunch, I wanted to take my letter back and went in to the pooja room. I had goose bumps when I saw a heap of vibhuthi on the cover. When I lifted the cover to put it into a plastic envelope, I realised that the cover was heavier. I took the whole cover intact to Mysore. When the envelope was opened the next day in our pooja room, we noticed copious amount of vibhuthi and my letter was immersed in vibhuthi. What else is needed to confirm the omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotence of Swami, who is now in His light form?
We are all witness to the new initiatives which have blossomed over these three years as per the dictates of our Swami. He has chosen brother Sri B. N. Narasimha Murthy to guide the 'Children of Sathya Sai' (alumni association) in establishing schools in every district of Karnataka, the State
Bhagawan Baba has chosen for His third Avatar – Prema Sai.
Also, brother Sri C. Sreenivas has been chosen to start free super speciality hospitals across the country. If it were not for the active role of Swami Himself, I am sure these projects could not have seen the light of day. They involve massive, aesthetically beautiful structures, promoting spiritual ambience and requiring high financial budgets.
Doubting Thomases and skeptics should realise that Swami should not be identified only with His physical form, as He himself had stressed this point a number of times in His discourses and personal Interviews.
Let us pray sincerely from the depths of our hearts for His blessings to understand Him, to contemplate and pray to Him every moment of our lives and to grant us bliss and peace.