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SSSIHL student vs Swami's student
When I as searching the category into which this hub should be placed, I chose, "Views of God." That choice of category is true, but in a slightly different perception. Contrary to the intepretation that it means - what a human thinks of God - for me "Views of God" means God's views! :)
Being a student of the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning, I have always called myself a Sai student. I have some expectations of a Sai Student. I know what the society expects of a Sai Student. But what does Swami expect of a Sai Student? Who is a Sai Student?
Once, Swami had told a student, "Remember, just because you are a student of the Institute does not automatically imply that you are a Sai Student!"
And here is what I learnt on what Swami's views are on what His student is... This was shared to me by a Sai brother, SVBS Sai Krishna, who has been blessed by His grace to travel with Him to Kodaikanal.
Sai Krishna's Narration
It was a pleasant morning in Kodaikanal in 2006. We all sang bhajans as Swami went around giving darshan and filling devotees seated there with bliss. After the bhajans we all rushed to the drawing room for the "pre-lunch" session of interaction with Swami. Swami was visibly very upset with something! He was not talking to anyone.
And the few words He spoke were shocking,
" I want to leave this body".
The most touching and startling revelation...
Every one of us were taken aback and were crying. A teacher there asked Swami,"Swami, please tell us what is it that is bothering you so much? What mistake have we comitted that it is paining you so much? What is it that made you utter these words?
Swami did not say a word. He kept silent. That day, we all were sent for shopping. But none of us had any interest in shopping. Still, since they were the instructions we obeyed them. Generally, Swami used to ask all the boys as to what they bought and that in itself would be a lovely interactive session. But that day the entire atmosphere was different, we also strictly decided not to bring any of our purchases downstairs.
Even during the snacks time Swami did not speak anything. We all went for bhajans (devotional singing) in the evening. During the bhajans Swami suddenly asked for the mikes to be brought. The first few sentences He spoke were these and they remain etched in my memory.
"Who are you to give up your lives? I do not want you to die! What I want you all to do is to LIVE THE WAY I WANT YOU TO LIVE. From the time I get up in the morning till the time I go to bed I think constantly about you only. When you are with Me you are all very sweet and behave very well. But the moment you leave my physical presence, you get into the bad ways.
It is like the pot of water which is kept in the water. It is full only as long as it is immersed in the water. But the moment it is taken out of the water, the water in the pot starts evaporating. I dont have any desire. NENU NISHKAAMUDANU - I am the one without desire.
My only worry is about you all. I want you to be good and be ideals to be emulated. From the morning, I have not been talking and have seemingly been upset. Some of the boys around me asked the reason and some even said that they are ready to give up their lives for me. Whose life is it that you want to give it up? Do not die for me, live for me."
All of us were in tears and Swami too was shedding tears.
Sai Krishna ended his narrative there. What more can be said?
Devotion lies not in dying for God, but living for God - in the spirit of Love and Service. I understood the difference between a Sathya Sai university Student and a Sai Student. Only a few get a chance to be the former; only a few take the chance to be the latter! Being a student of the University alone does not make one a Sai Student. A Sai Student is one who is a true student of Sai's teachings!
If only all of us can truly become His students...................
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