A long and beautiful article by brother Gautam on Muddenahalli clearing some confusions.It is important to speak the truth Emoticono smile MUST READ!
A loving Sairam to you. I have something to share with you all today. A story untold. A story of Love - Selfless Love.
I understand that many devotees across the globe do not believe in the Sukshma shareera (subtle form / light body) concept for various reasons that are valid to them. I respect their views about the same. Even among us, I know there will be people who may believe and who may not. We all respect and selflessly love each other irrespective of the fact that we believe in the Subtle form concept or not. All of us accept that Swami has always been a subjective and a unique heart-to-heart experience for each devotee when He was in His physical body and even now when He is without His physical body.
You all are much more experienced when it comes to Swami and much more spiritually evolved than I am. Yet, I am writing to you all with the freedom that I have with you as a Sai brother. Kindly have the patience to read this mail fully.
I am writing to you now since I have personally experienced HIM in this subtle form. I know many other devotees who have experienced Bhagavan's love, grace, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, healing and even Resurrection in this form! Real people with real names! There is lot to share, yet, I don't talk about it ONLY because I know how sensitive this topic is. I had talked in two Sai centers and never even ventured to speak about .However, now that there are videos doing rounds carrying blatant lies and rumours about Muddenahalli (a mail dated 22nd July with subject "Decoding Muddenahalli Subtle Body Drama") I felt it is my duty as a Sai Student to speak out the truth. That's why I have marked whoever was listed on the mail. Kindly ignore this mail if you are not comfortable reading about it. This mail is NOT an argument or debate, but just to place before you all some facts.
I was blessed with an interview with Swami in October 2014, and there was never a looking back. I did not have even an iota of doubt whether it was HIM or not. The very first moment HE came down for bhajans, I could feel HIS energy. I knew it was HIM alone because when we are in Swami's presence we just know. A calf need not be guided to its mother cow - the calf simply knows its mother too well. Swami came down to the bhajan hall for Darshan. HE hadn't even spoken to me then. Yet, I knew it was HIM. This is mostly the case with every devotee and alumni who came to seek HIS blessings.
From November 2014 to April 2015, I was there at Muddenahalli almost every weekend with some or the other work; also there is Darshan and bhajans on every Thursday and Sunday. Anyone can walk right in, just like any other Sai center or ashram or mandir. No restrictions whatsoever. Having spent 4-5 months with HIM every weekend, I can tell you all with conviction that it is none other than our Bhagawan who continues to operate in HIS subtle form, for reasons best known to HIM alone! I have got few interviews too on various occasions, and each time Bhagawan has only enriched my devotion and love for HIM. HE has only inspired me to engage in more Seva opportunities over the past few months. And same is the case with several other alumni and devotees who have drawn inspiration from HIM and went back to their hometowns to start some or the other form of Seva.
Personally, for me, the icing on the cake for me was in December 2014, when HE revealed in a dream too - that its none other than HIM. I had mentioned about this dream to few close friends and my family members back then. He blessed me with another dream on the New Year Day - Jan 1st 2015 with another wonderful dream wherein HE revealed again that its HIM. Few of my friends were guided by Swami through dreams, to come to Muddenahalli and seek HIS blessings. There are cases of resurrection and even healing too. There is one devotee whose cancer was cancelled by Bhagawan. My own classmate was the person who carried Vibhuti which was sent by Swami from Muddenahalli to that devotee who was healed of deadly cancer. And just to clarify, it is not just brother Madhu who can see Swami. There are several devotees who have seen Swami walking in front of brother Madhu when he goes on collecting letters from devotees. There are few alumni too who have seen HIM physically.
Now, to quote some unknown and unspoken facts! Let's see how Bhagawan's Selfless Love has translated to establishing the following institutions in the matter of just 3-4 years:
6 typical Sri Sathya Sai grand educational institutions with huge campuses (http://sssset.edu.in/campus-locations)
A super specialty hospital in Raipur (http://www.srisathyasaisanjeevani.org/)
An international-level indoor stadium (under construction. Sachin Tendulkar plays a role in some aspects of the stadium work!)
A magnificent public darshan hall with a seating capacity of over 5000 (under construction). Swami announced HE would be granting public darshan daily morning and evening after the 90th birthday in this darshan hall!!
A guest house with 108 rooms (under construction)
A water project in Chikkaballapur District (work in progress)
Mobile hospitals in Kolkata (Up and running)
(Free) Breakfast seva DAILY morning for hundreds of children in several regions in Bangalore to start with. (Other cities to follow suit)
These are just to name a few!
And what do we have in the pipeline?
4 more super specialty hospitals (one is Delhi, one in Mumbai, one in Ahmedabad, and one in Kolkata)
24 more schools in several districts of Karnataka (Swami's promise to Sri Madiyal Narayan Bhat - Founder of Muddenahalli and Alike institutions)
A Music college in Muddenahalli (Bollywood playback singer Sri Kunal Ganjawalla playing an active role in the establishment)
A Sai school in each and every district of India...! (Yes, Swami declared this during a discourse in February)
More water projects
Adarsh Gram Seva (An integrated and comprehensive village development programme undertaken in selected villages covering sanitation, healthcare, water, education, recreation and spirituality - and transform them to ideal village which people can look upto. One village has already been identified as of now)
17 Sai Ashrams across the Globe which would house free hospital and school. (Again, Swami declared this in a recent discourse. Already in countries like Croatia, Malaysia, Japan and Srilanka, the work is in inception)
And the list goes on and nobody knows where the list ends - since its an endless pipeline. Of course, it has to be endless when the Lord takes over. HIS grace flows like a tap which cannot be closed. If we still think that its the individual who is doing this all, we are totally mistaken! It is the Lord who is prompting this individual to do all these, for, without the Lord's will, not even a blade of grass would move. Let alone schools and hospitals. If this is not Swami's Love, I don't know what else is!
Take crores of rupees, pull in all the strings we want, use all our political connections, leverage on all our social networking skills - can we still achieve half of this without Swami's divine grace - IMPOSSIBLE! The Master Puppeteer pulls in all the strings and HE delivers it all. We are just instruments in HIS hands. What are we then? A medium in HIS mission. A medium through which HE would convert this whole world into a Sai Rajya. So let's open our eyes and see - they are all tangible institutions of the Lord I am talking about. If you go through the websites I had mentioned above, you will know what's the scale I am talking about.
1000's of students getting free education (just the way HE always does).
1000's of people getting free medicare (of course, no strings attached).
1000's of people will be getting free drinking water (without even having to explain if its subtle or physical)!
And all these institutions operating with a single name on their lips, i.e. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It has nothing got to do with anyone else!
If you need more information, kindly have a look at their websites! The YouTube videos posted below would give you first hand account of how Swami is continuing to shower HIS love as always through hospitals and schools.
Now, I have few questions to those who made those videos spreading hatred towards Muddenahalli.
Have we become so selfish that we can't even care for our own fellow-beings?
From when did caring and helping our own fellow brothers and sisters amount to 'cheating' and 'conspiracy'?
Where is the dictum of 'Love all, Serve all, Help Ever, Hurt Never' gone?
Are they just plain magic statements to be used in Satsang sessions and speeches?
Even after watching videos, if people still call it 'a selfish work of few impostors', then I am afraid there is no humanity or love left inside our hearts!
HIS Raipur Super Hospital has performed over 1000 paediatric heart surgeries till date (paediatric heart surgeries are the toughest form of surgeries in the World with a margin error of 100% - which means even if one minor error occurs, the patient dies!). Raipur hospital of Bhagawan is supposed to be one of the best hospitals in the World because of its 100% success rate on all its 1000+ surgeries. I am sure if there are any doctors amongst us, you will be able to appreciate that fact better. 95% of the staff in that hospital have not even seen Bhagawan physically, yet they are committed to serve in HIS mission. Isn't that the proof of the extraordinary Love that Bhagawan has poured on them. If not HIM, who else can even achieve that!
Hence, my appeal to all - Let's get our facts right, before even thinking of spreading false news and videos having no basis!
How does it matter to us if thousands of poor children are getting educated by the funds set up by this trust or that trust?
How does it matter when thousands of people are getting free medical treatment with Love from the subtle form or the physical form - as long as its Pure Unsullied Love.
How does it matter if devotees are deriving bliss from this place or that place? Are they all not HIS own places? (Lord's own words from a discourse delivered on the occasion of Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Muddenahalli and Alike institutions, held in Prashanti Nilayam in the year 2005 - Swami declares "Muddenahalli and Alike are like the two eyes of mine!"
Now to address few important issues:
Is Madhu a medium? : No. Because Madhu does NOT imitate Swami. Madhu does NOT read letters on behalf of Swami. Madhu does NOT create or materialise stuff. Madhu does NOT eat or drink on behalf of Swami. Madhu does NOT sit on Swami's throne. Madhu does NOT sleep in Swami's room. Madhu does NOT grant padanamaskar on behalf of Swami. The only thing he does for Swami is just speaking out Swami's words out loud.
Why Muddenahalli? : ONLY HE knows. Swami did not create any campus of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning after Anantapur, Brindavan and Prashanti Nilayam once the University was established at Prashanti Nilayam in 1981. After 27 long years, in the year 2009, HE suddenly creates a campus of SSSIHL in Muddenahalli, out of all the places! And did HE do that for no reason? I heard people even abusing Muddenahalli on public platforms and I was appalled and shocked! Is that really a devotee speaking about an institution created, nurtured and guided by the Lord Himself? Muddenahalli is another quarters of HIS, just like Brindavan, Shivam, Sathyam, Sundaram, etc... But Prashanti Nilayam continues to be HIS Headquarters.
Derailing the organization? : Nobody can EVER derail Swami's organizations. Swami continues to instruct us to ensure unity within organization and work with the organization. There is no distinction for HIM whether seva is done by this organization or that organization as long as its HIS work. But the Sai Vrinda group was started by Bhagawan, mainly for streamlining all HIS seva projects as a part of HIS mission. Creation of an organized group was deemed necessary so as to ensure systematic approach to seva and commitment to certain basic guidelines laid out by Swami. How do I know all these? Because I operate the mail id for Sai Vrinda group!! A point of time came when world over, organization started interfering in devotees' personal beliefs and in many cases, few members were asked to leave the organization if they continued to extend 'support' for Muddenahalli activities - not knowing that Bhagawan was the One who was pulling all the strings. Whereas, the truth remains that ever since devotees have been blessed by HIM through the satsangs (darshans) held at Muddenahalli, people have gone back and engaged in renewed and stronger commitment to all seva activities undertaken by the sai organizations. Several alumni and devotees who are actively involved with Muddenahalli are very active in Sai organizations too. None of them sit and analyse if a seva opportunity is sponsored by X organisation or Y organisation. We plunge into seva as long as its suffused with Love.
Why is Swami enacting this drama? : A question which no one has any answer to. But we, who have been frequently visiting Muddenahalli, understand that Swami is trying to rekindle the spirit of service and take forward HIS mission with the people whom HE has chosen for now. But finally everyone, all organizations and trusts - they all must unite. That is HIS Divine Sankalpa. Devotees world over keep wondering "Why would Swami re-create this whole thing from scratch? I mean HE left HIS physical body to make us realize that HE is beyond form. And why would HE want to re-create Darshan and Sambhashan, etc..." And its a very genuine doubt. In fact, Swami has been exactly saying the same thing in Muddenahalli too. He categorically stated that "Don't keep visiting Muddenahalli like a picnic place. This is of no use unless you can see me within. The whole purpose of me continuing in this form is to fulfill my promise of living up to 96 years. I had to shed by body in order to speed up my Mission. In fact, I am here to take you all to a higher level and look for me beyond the body. Even you can see me, feel me and hear me. All you need to do is tune to the right frequency. When I was in the physical form, I told you every time that I am not this body! But you did not believe. You did not have faith in my words and you fell in that Maya. Now listen, this subtle form is yet another drama! Don't fall in this trap too! The last three years were like the beginning of a race, wherein the referee says 1... 2... 3... GO… And then the race starts. Last 3 years you all witnessed how 6 schools and one super specialty hospital came up. It is just a sample of what we are about to witness in the next few years. My actual glory would unfold now. The actual race starts now. I have lots of work to do before Prema Sai arrives. I have to finish them all."
Trust me, this mail is NOT intended to convince anyone. Then a question arises - why did I write such a lengthy mail if it is not for convincing. Because convincing is Bhagawan's job, and not mine. All I wanted to say is that its OK for us to not believe, but its definitely not OK for us to ridicule the ones who believe and engage in character assassination of those devotees who are involved in yeomen service to the society. Swami NEVER asked anyone to go and defend HIM even when serious accusations were hurled at HIM decades back. For that matter, I need not write this mail now. But I am here not to defend, but only to request that we could be more sensitive when it comes to sharing videos based on rumours and lies.
I am sure Swami would be unhappy with the way people have been responding to this situation. No doubt this drama is being played to teach us all a great and precious lesson in humility - a test to see how HIS devotees would respond or react in HIS physical absence. There will be countless such claims in the future. So can we expect more uproar from devotees in the future? I hope definitely not.
Hence, coming back to the point, I am NOT here to convince. But only to point out, that if tomorrow Bhagawan was to unveil the curtain and unfold this entire drama, we shouldn't be the ones regretting for sharing those videos carrying false allegations and accusations against such pious and noble devotees who have been always near and dear to HIM for decades. Swami has set this drama for a reason, a reason beyond our imagination. No other avatar would have ever done this before, and that makes it all the more confusing and unbelievable. But let us remember, NOTHING is impossible for HIM. Can we ever imagine our Bhagawan, who is the embodiment of Love and Compassion, would let 'few impostors' play with the lives of thousands of little innocent children studying in those institutions?
The strange part about this whole event is that, 95% of them who are badmouthing the Muddenahalli happenings are the ones who haven't been there. They all are just sharing funny tales and rumors that they come across in the internet. Nobody even knows what Swami's messages in Muddenahalli are about. Hence, my suggestion to all the office bearers and other elders - if we truly feel that we are serving Swami and HIS mission, then it would be wiser for us to stay away from all these, instead, focus on HIM alone. If this is authentic or not, HE will judge and HE would give the final verdict. Let us all wait for that day. Its OK whether we believe or not, but at least let us not engage in this kind of character assassination which spreads only negativity and hatred against an institution built, guided and nurtured by our own Bhagawan. I am nobody to suggest this to you all. You are have experienced Swami much more than I have. Yet, I felt l have a moral responsibility as a Sai Student - to let you know the truth.
Sharing videos maligning the character of pious and noble devotees is NOT definitely worthy of a Sai devotee and it's NOT going to help us in our spiritual progress anyway. Let us refrain from sharing such videos since they are not official communication from the Organization or Trust. Most of you are all office-bearers, but more importantly Messengers of Sai. As Messengers of Sai, let's be the reason to unite each others' faiths and beliefs. And let's spread only positivity, happiness and bliss alone. It is then that we would be really living his message of "Your Life is now My Message"! Let's not bring a bad name to the legacy HE has left us with by spreading hatred and false news..
Swami has warned us many times in HIS discourses "Sarva Jeeva Thiraskaaram Keshavam Prathi Gachchati" (Every criticism/condemnation that we make reaches the Lord Himself). He says out of of all the sins "Criticizing others is the worst sin!" Watch the video below for HIS own words.
I am also sharing a link to an audio excerpt from Bhagawan's discourse back in February 2007, on the occasion of Mahashivratri - when HE declared that HE will be undertaking a World Tour. A landmark discourse - as they say, each and every word that HE says ought to come true. I was there when HE announced this. And now by visiting few devotees houses in foreign countries, HE is fulfilling those promises made to the very same devotees inside HIS interview room in Prashanti Nilayam years ago.
Finally, I am sharing a beautiful video on Bhagawan's ongoing mission, which was presented during the Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality that was held in Muddenahalli from May 29th to 31st this year. You could watch this video for first-hand information on his current mission.
Kindly don't misunderstand the intention behind this mail. I really mean not to hurt anyone' sentiments and feelings. Hope you all take this mail in the right spirit - its not to start any debate or argument, but to place a request that I feel is important to be made at this very historic moment in the Avatar's life. Hence, my request is let's share only positive and blissful articles and videos on Swami. When Bhagawan's Love is manifesting itself as great humanitarian projects that transcend time and space, we need not go by what XYZ says or look for answers elsewhere. Rather let's pray to the Swami within us to clarify and unfold this Divine Drama at the earliest.
Kindly don't forward this mail to anyone else. I have already faced a lot of wrath from several quarters for talking about Muddenahalli. I do not want to end up in trouble again. Just to reaffirm, I have not come to Muscat to talk about Muddenahalli, but to serve my parents and also take an active role in sai activities. I cannot write like this to a stranger, but I felt I have the freedom to be open and honest with you all. Irrespective of the differences of opinion that may arise as a result of this mail, I will still continue to respect and love you all no matter what. I would NEVER trouble you with any such mails in the future. But felt like sharing these thoughts this one time, as you all deserve to see the bigger picture. Let us focus on HIM alone leaving aside our prejudices.
Samastha Loka Sukhino Bhavanthu! Jai Sai Ram!