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God sees the Truth but waits... Part 2
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After a lot of effort, which involved our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength, we had reached some level of preparedness for the programme. All of us assembled in the Sai Kulwant hall by 6:45am. It was 7:15 am when the golf-cart in which Swami used to arrive for darshan was seen entering the hall at the ladies’ side of the hall. A gasp of wonder and joy rippled across the hall as everyone realized that Swami was in the beautiful Pitambara (yellow robe)!
He took a complete darshan round and arrived on the stage. It was as if Swami too was excited about the occasion and had dressed specially for it. We, (our ‘programming’ group) were seated in the front. We had not told our warden that our programme predominantly consisted of comperes talking. As far as he was concerned, we had prepared a programme and the success of the previous ten or so programmes had built up his confidence in our word. I felt that all that would change shortly.
Swami called the vice-chancellor of the Institute, Sri.S.V.Giri. He enquired as to what programme was there for the day. The vice-chancellor had great confidence in the warden’s word and this confidence too was built on the successful conduct of the previous ten or so programmes by students. He confidently told Swami that the senior-most students of the Institute would be putting up a presentation. Swami’s face immediately lit up in joy and pride. It was as if He was waiting for this moment when His students would put up the programme.
And now, I come to the sequence of events that unfolded beyond the imagination of any of us. To start with, Swami asked the vice chancellor as to who would be putting up the programme. The vice-chancellor looked towards us and in a trice, two of us rushed to the stage. Swami looked at us and asked what the programme was about. In a hurry, we tried to give a gist of all the talks. While doing so, we went through the names of all the six students who were compering and Swami asked for them to come on the stage, one by one.
Within a few minutes, all the six of us were on stage, surrounding Swami’s chair. Swami told all of us to sit down. Then He called the vice chancellor and told him to announce the morning programme. The mike and podium were brought on the dais and the vice chancellor made a public announcement of how the senior students from the Institute would be putting up a ‘variety’ programme. Once that was done, Swami sent him back to his seat.
He now looked at me and told me to start the programme. I indicated to the other boys on the stage that we should move down and get things organized.
Programmes those days used to be held by us in a narrow corridor that existed between Swami and the students. We thus called these presentations as ‘street plays’. More than the costumes and make-up, our emphasis was always on the content - Swami’s message.
But even as the others got up, Swami told them all to sit. He told me to proceed.
As I mentioned earlier, we had prepared to do the programme as compere-pairs. An so, I looked at my compering-partner. He was looking deep into Swami’s eyes and drinking in His darshan. There was no way I could catch his eye. I thought that it would be best to go to the ‘corridor’ and start the programme. That would make him realize that he too had to come down to do the compering act.
With this in mind, as I began to move down the stage, Swami called me. He pointed to the mike on stage. He said,
“Go there and speak.”
I was totally confused. What was I to do? It struck me that maybe Swami wanted me to elaborately introduce the programme. None of the programmes we had done till now had been given an introduction this way. I was thinking,
“Swami do not make too much out of this! We do not have such a programme backing up all this introductory grandeur!”
I went to the mike. I was wondering what to speak. I had my lines ready but they were meant for the programme. I quickly recollected some of the material that we had collected for the programme but were not using it. Combining that with some of my compering matter, I gave a brief talk for about 5 minutes talking about the two avatars - Krishna and Sai. Having done that, I went to Swami and asked whether we could begin the programme.
Swami told me to sit at His feet. He looked at Raju who was by my side and told him to go and speak in the mike. I understood. I whispered to Raju,
“Introduce the programme in Telugu.”
He went to the podium and spoke for about 5 minutes in Telugu on what we planned to put up in the programme. Once he finished and returned, Swami asked him also to sit by His chair. He asked the third student to go and speak.
By now, I was totally lost as to what Swami’s plan was. I just stopped thinking. This student, Jagannathan by name, went to the mike and began to speak out all his prepared content. But he too kept it short - five minutes. In those five minutes, however, he sang a song the the gopikas (cowherdesses) used to sing about one devoted gopika by name Suguna. Swami thoroughly enjoyed the song.
Then, Swami told the fourth student to speak! By now, I had just stopped thinking and was just witnessing. It is often said that God is simply a witness to all that man does. I feel it is the other way around. God is the only doer and all of us are simply witnesses!
One by one, Swami had made all the six of us speak and more than half an hour had elapsed. Once the last student had spoken, Swami smiled and said, “Programme over.”
Oh my God!!!!
He knew that we had no programme ready. He knew that we had all put in efforts. He knew that we would make laughing stock of ourselves had we put up the programme. He knew that our intentions and motives for making the programme were noble. So, He simply conjured up a new ‘programme’ and made us all ‘heroes’! Many times, we do not realize that God makes us work for a result that we never even thought of. Brings to my mind the most inspiring and thrilling PUSH story mentioned in the last portion of this article.
Swami then stood up and delivered His divine discourse during which He manifested a chain made of 108 gold coins. The six of us were blessed to be sitting around Him during that entire discourse. And guess what that beautiful discourse was about - how the Lord accepts only a pure heart!
The reports for that day in the different websites were as follows:
After a few minutes, Bhagawan asked the Vice-chancellor to introduce the programme. The VC spoke for a few minutes and asked the boys to commence their presentation. However, instead of the Music Programme, Swami asked each of these boys to give a short talk to the audience. One by one, all the boys took their position in front of the podium and gathering from the material they were to use as part of their presentation and adding few spontaneous remarks and instances, each one got through with an inspiring and interesting talk.
They had no idea of what all had happened. God sees the Truth but waits! He waits for the perfect time and perfect place to bestow the perfect boon. Let me end this narrative with what Swami told the students during that memorable discourse in the Brindavan hostel:
“You have here a picture of Sai standing on a lotus. (That was the picture in the altar there.) Sai Krishna will install Himself in the lotus of your heart. He will ever be with you as guard and guide, and will shower grace on you. He will be the mother, father, preceptor and your nearest kinsman. He will be your all. That is a promise.”
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