The Independence Day 'drama' in Sri Sathya Sai's presence - Part 3 - Problems Solved

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The Independence Day 'drama' in Sri Sathya Sai's presence - 15th August 2004 - Part 1

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The Independence Day 'drama' in Sri Sathya Sai's presence - Part 2 - Darkness...

Inspiration is GOD...

Swami often speaks of the five mothers that we have to revere - Dehamata (Physical Mother), Deshamata (Motherland), Bhoomata (Mother Earth), Gomata (the cow), Vedamata (the Vedas). In the interview that followed, we got a glimpse of the importance He placed on the motherland. It showed as His great love for the patriots who had sacrificed for the nation.

Swami started with words of praise for Subash Chandra Bose, the valiant freedom fighter who was instrumental in raising the INA - Indian National Army - which has today developed into a massive army. Swami revealed his daughter was a deeply devoted lady and she even sang good bhajans. We were just listening with open mouths and open hearts. He praised the humility and simplicity of Rajendra Prasad, the first president of independent India. He also spoke about the excellent poetry skills that Sarojini Naidu possessed. He was also full in praise for the trio of Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal - popularly called Lal-Bal-Pal.

Even as he told about the trio, He asked us whether they featured in the drama. The warden answered on our behalf and said,
“Swami only certain episodes have been included due to lack of time.”
Swami then told Jagdish who was by my side that their names at least must be mentioned. We promised Him that we would do that.

Then came the most poignant part of the interview. Swami suddenly turned to the warden and the vice-chancellor and said,
“People do not know the true meaning of Swaraj. They think that Swaraj means freedom from foreign rule Swaraj is actually Swaaraaj. Swaa and Raaj.
I popped up like a jack-in-the-box and in great excitement blurted out,
“Swami, we are mentioning this in the drama!! We are stating that Swaa means SELF and Raaj is RULE. It is only when the SELF, ATMA or CONSCIENCE rules that we can have true freedom. True freedom is liberation from body attachment which comes from the knowledge that everyone are sparks of the Divine. And this can happen only if we follow our conscience.”

Even as I completed saying it, I felt that maybe I had spoken too much. But my excitement was due to the fact that this was the same inspiration which had been the genesis of the drama - the concept of true Swaraj.

... for it is only in the depths of silence that the voice of God is heard.
... for it is only in the depths of silence that the voice of God is heard.

Swami was looking at me and He seemed to almost be drinking in every word I said. Then, He turned to the warden and said,
“See! The boys are very good. They quickly grasp whatever is said.”

This was a great revelation for me. Swami had never told anything to us. And yet, He said that we had grasped quickly whatever had been said. The concept of Swaraj had only been an inspired feeling in my heart. This proved that inspiration we feel in the heart is a way in which the Lord communicates with us. It is only a heart that has been touched by the Divine which can feel inspiration.

And to prime this inspiration, we need to enter the depths of silence.

Choose the latter statement for that is the Truth! :)
Choose the latter statement for that is the Truth! :)

All problems solved in a trice...

As a corollary, ensure that there are things everyday which inspire you because that is the sure way of knowing that you are in touch with the Divine within. Inspiration is divine!

As if adding further weight to this, Swami also began to say,
“People also do not understand what Bharat is. They mistakenly think that Bharat means India...”
Again, I popped up in excitement,
“Swami, we are saying this too!! Bharat is a place where the human values are practiced and there is great love for the Lord. It is not a geographical entity but a value-based one. If one has true love for God and follows the five human values, one becomes a Bharatiya.”

Swami smiled in approval and seemed to enjoy my excitement. Again, an inspired idea had Divine approval because isn’t inspiration in itself divine?

As we were speaking about the drama, we told Swami that there was a scene of Bhagat Singh which had the noose as the backdrop. We also told Him about the shooting scene which had been deemed violent and had been cancelled by the vice-chancellor. He heard us and then said,
“Those are violent of course, but they happened in history. So, if you must portray them do so honestly. However, do not lay emphasis on the violence. Emphasize on the patriotism and love for the country.”

Even as these words dropped from the Divine lips, we were so thrilled! Both our jettisoned scenes were back on board now! And since Swami had stated the same in the presence of the warden and vice-chancellor too, there would be no convincing needed on our part. This encouraged us both and we gently whispered to the warden,
“Sir! About the national anthem...”

Now the warden rose on his knees and said,
“Swami the boys are praying for an opportunity to sing the National Anthem in Your presence. Only they will stand up Swami...only them...”
Swami interrupted,
“Why? Are not the other beings in Kulwant hall also humans? They too have feelings. Let all the people stand and sing together. It will be good.”

We somehow controlled ourselves from jumping up with a “Yippeee”. This was the reason we were seeking out Swami and He had bestowed it on us even without ‘us’ asking!

Unity and Love blossom in everyone

I remembered that the warden had asked for all the actors to be assembled in the bhajan hall. It was almost half an hour since the interview had started. So I asked,
“Swami, it will be nice if you speak to all the other boys of the drama too.”
“I will speak definitely...”

Even as Swami said that, I got up to go out and call all the boys. Swami immediately stopped me and said,
“Not now! Two boys are not there. I shall speak to all of them in the afternoon.”

I returned to my place and the interaction continued. After a while, Swami indicated that it was time for us to leave. We went to Him and prayed that we get a good character. He replied,
“There is no need to make your character good. You already have good character. Ensure that nothing spoils it. Past is past. Forget it. Be good boys.”

It was with great relief, joy and peace that we exited the interview room after takingpadanamaskar. Even as we were exiting, He told us again to convey HIs blessings to all and that He would interact with all the participants.

Divinity leads to purity which leads to unity
Divinity leads to purity which leads to unity

All the students who were part of the drama were waiting for us to come out and tell all that had happened. In a matter of an hour, Swami had turned us into heroes. We passed the message around that all participants should gather in the Kulwant Hall itself after the morning session. Swami arrived for the bhajan session, received Aarthi and retired for the morning. Soon after that, all of us gathered.

The thrill and amazement was such that even many members of the ‘hostel drama team’ gathered. I was in a very expansive and love-filled mood. In hostel lingo, this is called AIDS (Acquiring Intense Devotion Suddenly)! What else could I feel after such a session with the Lord! Jagadish and myself stood in the center of the circle as everyone gathered around us. We noticed that EXACTLY two actors were missing! They had been practicing late night and so had not been able to get up in the morning. Ah! What does one speak of His omniscience and Love?

We both shared all the wonderful happenings in the interview room. We also conveyed Swami’s promise that He would interact with all of the boys. The touch of the Lord had made us so large-hearted and loving that we said,
“There is nothing like hostel-drama and mandir-drama. It is all ours. We are one. Everyone, irrespective of the drama they are in, is welcome for the session with Swami in the afternoon.”

With that, the floodgates of Love opened up suddenly. The main members of the hostel team came up and said,
“We have made so many beautiful sets. Of what use are they if we cannot offer them to our Lord. Swami has so much expectation of us and is eagerly looking forward for the drama. We shall give all the sets and other things we have made for the mandir. You need not even worry about putting up the decorations and sets. We will do the moving and shifting. We will transport all the sets from hostel to mandir.”

We (the mandir-team till now) made a reciprocal promise,
“We will participate in the hostel drama. Though there is very little time, immediately after the drama in the mandir, we shall sit and improve the plot of the hostel drama. We shall all participate in it for it too is ours!”

We were in tears even as we heard this. On Independence Day, we were experiencing true freedom - freedom from egotism, from rivalry, from hatred, from anger; a freedom that had liberated us into expansive love. We were able to enjoy the brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God! And all this had happened with the touch of the Lord!

There were no teams now - it was one unified class. And what joy it was to be united! The way we worked for the next three hours was simply marvellous. Everything fell in place. Everyone had smiles to share with each other. So much love had cropped up. Ah! I needed no further proof - Prem Eashwar Hai, Eashwar Prem Hai (Love is God and God is Love).

By 3pm on the 15th of August 2004, all of us assembled in the bhajan hall of Kulwant Hall. The whole class was here and we were on the verge of creating history - the first ever Independence Day programme in the Divine presence, in Kulwant Hall.

Dear reader, hope that maincourse meal was satisfying. But do not forget - the dessert is yet to come. :)

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ChitrangadaSharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderful and truly inspirational hub, just like the previous ones.


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

@lrao - Very correctly put. By putting your thoughts in that manner, you have 'stolen' away the ending I was planning for the fourth part!! :)

@ imaginationcorner - :) Beautiful summary. Thank you. After every satsangh, we recollect all that had been discussed. Through your comment, you help every reader to recollect the main points...

Thank you for your very loving and kind statement about the hub! :)


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imaginationcorner 4 years ago from knoxville, USA

I received beautiful take home points from this hub this morning:

1. Past is past .. let it not ruin the present character

2. Disunity and disharmony can be transformed to unity and harmony merely with the 'ripple' effect of Pure selfless LOVE. You don't need inspiring speeches, just the loving presence.

3. The body will turn to dust one day, but the 'good character' is eternal and remembered for ages by children and youth (as exemplified by the freedom fighters).

4. Inspiration not only comes through in silence but also via inspiring hubs like these!

5. Every difficult situation is an opportunity to further nurture 'Intense devotion.

Thank you for serving a delicious and fulling main course! I am quite full and may not need the dessert ;) ..


lrao 4 years ago

:).

Nothing escapes Swami. Of course He knew of the feuding and disunity. And He converted it into a teachable moment by infusing so much Love into it, that the boys came together and shared it. Together. That was the main purpose. The drama is only an instrument. He is the Master Scriptwriter and His Dramas are always amazing, and always for our benefit.


geethchith 4 years ago

Very inspiring and touching! Brought smiles and tears at the same time!


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poornimasrinath 4 years ago from Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA

@ a friend : Appreciate your sandwich criticism :) .. My opinion is that a detailed write-up of this sort cannot be done in a boring or serious manner as this post does not only attract Swami's devotees. Not all the five fingers are alike. Each one's thinking process is different. Adding a feather on a cap is for making it more beautiful and attractive...I guess the labels served that purpose. Hope I did not agree or disagree with you ;)


Jahnavi 4 years ago

Acquiring Intense Devotion Suddenly! Wow.. that's an amazing phrase..

There are so many things to take away from this piece of write up..

Swami Himself vouches for your character! I had tears in my eyes when I read this.

Swami's love, that made sure that the students who present a drama about Swaraj actually experience it in true sense. This shows how true love supersedes everything that can ever exist.

Can this get any better?


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

@ Poornima Srinath - Thank you! :) You honor me with what you say...

@ A friend - Your point is well taken. Thank you for sharing to help me. It is Swami working through people like you that give constructive feedback. It would have been so much better had you mailed me and I too could clarify so many things... Your choice to remain anonymous disappoints me!


A friend.. 4 years ago

Hello Aravind,

I am a writer and I write as someone who has enjoyed your posts.. I wished to make a suggestion having read some posts in the past but refrained. Consider it only if it suits you...

I believe any story of Swami even simply told will have a deep impact on any reader.. But if we hype a story before the content is revealed is putting an expectation in the minds of the reader. Such expectation is never good.. It is best to reveal the story as is. For instance in this story you have foretold the events as a tasty maincourse or dessert. I enjoyed reading what transpired in the interview room.. But when you said that was the maincourse I honestly felt that it shudnt have been labelled for doing so took something away.. For me the comparison didn't hold. In the past too I have read posts which I have enjoyed but when they were bracketed as a storm or hurricane or similar labels .. As a reader to me it didn't seem so...

I am sure there are many who wud disagree with this...' but as I said I write as a writer to a fellow writer. Please consider what I have said and make ur choice... Thanks for the wonderful work you are doing.. Many student of the past shud be also doing the same as there are so many stories of Swami which humanity needs to learn and enjoy from..

Sairam


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poornimasrinath 4 years ago from Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA

Now this series has become like the prof G.V's "Miracle of pure love"...must drink when it is hot to relish the freshness! unfortunately the time zone difference makes it impossible :( But the narration as usual is, as though it had happened few days ago!


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aravindb1982 4 years ago from Puttaparthi, India Author

@ Aarthi and An Impressed Reader,

Thank you. The beautiful thing about inspiration is that it can occur at any time- irrespective of the place, time, situation and person. That is how God is too right?

It was indeed a joy to come together... It was that unity that lead to beauty later on...

Thank you for the comments...


An Impressed Reader 4 years ago

Superb!!

Your thoughts about inspiration were so elevating .. I have never thought of it that way before ..

'Not now! Two boys are not there. I shall speak to all of them in the afternoon.' - I have no words to say for his love .. His omniscience never fails to amaze ..

I thoroughly enjoyed the way you all came together to become one team .. Unity and brotherhood are amongst the purest emotions the human heart can feel .. Even reading about it brings so much joy ..

Thank you so much for this great treat in the morning .. I shall wait for the dessert :)


Aarthi 4 years ago

Amazing! Waiting for the dessert!! :)

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