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When God teaches you to walk - Footprints in the sand

Updated on July 29, 2016

The setting for the unforgettable experience

Early into my teens, I had read the famous story of the footprints in the sand. For those who are not familiar with it, let me recall it briefly. A person dreams about his life as a walk with God on a beach. He therefore notices two sets of footprints in the sand. But to his dismay, he sees only one set of footprints in those parts of the beach which represent the most difficult times in his life. He asks God,

"Why did you abandon me when I needed you the most?"

God replies lovingly,

"Child! Those times when you see only one set of footprints are actually the times when I carried you!"

In spite of knowing this story, there were times when I was convinced that I was absolutely alone in life. And I felt that the single set of footprints were definitely not of His lotus feet, but of my own weary soles! I prayed to God,

"Swami, I just do not believe that you are carrying me now for I feel so much pain and depression. Is that how one feels when one is carried?"

This happened many times but like the proverbial passing clouds, everything would soon clear and days got brighter. But then came the mammoth cloud, so huge that I felt this time the clouds were there to stay. It is about that climactic period I was made to weather that I want to tell about - more so because this episode seasoned my life with the realization of Swami's omnipresence and love for me.

It was when I was doing my Masters in Chemistry at Puttaparthi that Swami gifted us students with opportunities to put up programmes in His Divine Presence. The programmes were mostly a compilation of His teachings, spiced up here and there with songs, skits and dances. Some of the memorable days were programmes based on special events while some others were Swami's special way of teaching some important lessons to us. Swami's encouragement was tremendous, so much so that on one occasion I remember Him telling our warden,

"Why should I come and sit outside? There is no programme today!"

And so, in that academic year alone, we had put up about fifteen programmes. In fact, it was Swami's enthusiasm towards us that ignited the large number of programmes that were presented (and continue to be presented) in the divine Presence by various states and countries during their respective Parthi Yatras or pilgrimages. This was the setting for my life changing episode.

Sorrows and disappointments galore...

Since I loved to do public speaking and was involved in dramatics, I was often part of every programme that was being put up in front of Swami. I was doing well on the academic front and I was quite popular among my friends in the hostel. I did fairly well in games and was the shuttle badminton champion for that year. Why I am telling all this is just to show that one may seem to have everything in life and still be unhappy. My God! Why was I unhappy?

When I think back today, I cannot put a finger on the exact reason but I used to be very sad most of the times. And the major reason for this was my attachment to friends.What do I mean by that? Well, I thought that I was a fast friend to quite a few people. I went out of my way to help them and make them feel special. That was fine. The problem came when I expected them to treat me in the same way - that too in a manner I was expecting them to! And this expectation was very very strong. As a result, I used to feel very bad.

At this time, I decided that since God was my only true friend, I would look to Him for solace and support. I wanted to extend my arm of unconditional friendship to Him and wanted Him to extend His. I began to curb all my feelings and interactions with friends as much as possible and confided everything to Sai,the resident of my heart - my joys and sorrows, my successes and defeats. This came as a relief but still the disappointments and hurts from my friends continued.

(Today I know that it is not anyone's fault. The nature of the world is thus and the nature of the mind is thus! Nobody will ever understand me fully! How can they when they do not read my mind?)

Life went on this way and I am sure many of my friends wondered what on earth was I sad about. And I myself had no answer. The sadness was deep within and it was a kind of dissatisfaction in the search for some permanence.

Meanwhile in the mandir, speeches, songs and programmes by the students were on regularly. I even got two chances to speak in Swami's presence. They were like bright spots in the dark skies but I was in search of my sun - Swami as my dearest friend. One day, Swami asked in the mandir,

"Are there any boys who wish to speak?"

I raised my hand and warden told Swami that I was prepared. When I went ahead to take his blessings, I overheard Him ask the warden,

"Aren't there any other boys? This boy alone speaks always!"

That made me feel very bad. I was hurt. I gave my speech that day but resolved never to raise my hand to speak in His presence. I told my Swami in the heart,

"This is the last time I'll raise my hand. I extended my hand in friendship to you and you do not want me to speak in your presence!"

A childish reaction indeed, but that was what I felt then.

How could the bleeding frog also become the pleading frog?
How could the bleeding frog also become the pleading frog?

I become the bleeding frog in my opinion...

Once, a frog was injured when Lord Rama placed his bow on the ground. Seeing the bleeding frog, when the Lord asked,

"Why did you not cry out for help?” the frog replied, "Lord! Every time I am hurt, I call out your name. Now when you place your bow on me, whom should I call out to?"

I felt exactly like that frog! And so the days got lonelier and more miserable. I now did not have any more conversations with my heart-resident Swami. Nor did I talk intimately to any of my friends. I felt that my life was so meaningless and all my achievements were nought as I had no happiness. And then came the Sports Meet 2005.

The Sports Meet is an event where all the students from all the campuses come together to put up a performance of physical endurance, mental strength and skilful abilities. Almost a month long preparation takes place after which the culmination is the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet on the 11th of January. I enrolled in the carabining event and it was to be that sort of an item that is considered the "icing on the cake". But as I said, the clouds began to thicken. The trainer cum coach who was from Singapore somehow got the impression that though I was skillful in carabining, I was not disciplined enough. So he disqualified me from performing in front of Swami on the D day! I was devastated but I decided not to quit and put up a brave face. I used to go daily for the practices telling myself,

“Swami is trying to make me feel miserable. I won’t give Him victory!"

Poor Swami got the blame for my indiscipline.

My teacher in charge however melted at my misfortune and told me,

"Don't worry! When Swami comes to see the practice sessions, I will ensure that you do carabining in His presence."

Now that was something I looked forward to. Days passed and one day I had a bout of severe diarrhea. My teacher in charge excused me from practice and so, instead of staying in the ground, I went to mandir for darshan. The clouds became their thickest when Swami decided to go to the grounds that same day to watch the carabining practice. With tears streaming down my cheeks I returned to the ground and saw Swami enjoy the whole event as the boys practiced. And when He left in the car, He turned His face away exactly at the point when I came in front of his window. I stood devastated! I went back crying to the hostel and told Swami,

"You never give me anything. You have planned my life in such a way that i get pain always. i have always tried to put in my efforts and come up and you always have put me down. And you have given me nothing."

The bandage? Or another poke?

Fast forward to January 11th when the Sports meet went on very well and it was acclaimed that the carabining event was the best! It added the salt from my sweat and tears at sitting in the sidelines to my deep emotional wounds. Now fast forward to the night of January 13th. The warden asked me whether I would be ready to speak in front of Swami the next day, i.e. Sankranthi and the prize distribution. I was shocked and i asked,

"Sir, did Swami ask for me?"

He said, "No. tomorrow the vice chancellor and Principal will be speaking. In case Swami asks for student speakers, your name will be suggested along with Raju and Jagdish."

Now Raju was Swami's favourite speaker and when he spoke Telugu, it was as if Mother Saraswati sat on his tongue. The same was the story with Jagdish when it came to Hindi. Having considered this along with the "fact" that Swami was least interested in me, I went to bed without preparing anything at all.

The Turning point

The next morning, I went to the mandir without a proper shave or a bath! I cannot believe it now, but that's how depressed I was. On being scolded by a teacher, I went to a nearby saloon to get my stubble shaved and returned to mandir. Swami arrived and after the Principal of the Brindavan campus had made his welcome speech, the vice chancellor Sri.S.V.Giri began his speech. In sharp contrast to my pathetic state, Raju and Jagdish were dressed like princes! As I sat like a corpse, Swami suddenly intervened in Giri sir's speech and called him. Sri Giri heard what Swami had to say and returned to the podium and began,

"Bhagawan has blessed two students to speak to us today..."

"Raju and Jagdish surely..." I thought.

"The first is Ms.Tina Thomas from the Anantapur campus." He went about introducing her.

"The second will be one of these two" I thought.

"The second is Aravind Balasubramanya." I was shocked. I was so absolutely unprepared. And I had not even submitted my bio-data to Sri Giri. So he introduced me as "...the boy who did carabining."

"What a joke!" I thought but I had to speak!

I tried to glean tidbits from Raju and Jagdish as they had prepared well for their talks. But my predecessor was very strict in her adherence to time. I had barely begun collecting thoughts when she concluded to a rousing applause. I picked a rose and lot of courage and moved to Swami. I told Him,

"Swami please, REALLY speak through me!"

I realized that I very strongly needed Him to speak through me if I was to speak anything at all. I went to the podium and began disastrously, my first sentence being,

"The annual Sports and Cultural meet is an annual affair."

I moved from the valleys to the dales to hit my nadir of public speaking in terms of content and delivery. I could see many of my 'friends' heads crestfallen and some people were even laughing at the mess I was making of myself.

In the dire predicament of having to do what I loved most when I was least prepared!
In the dire predicament of having to do what I loved most when I was least prepared!

One plea filled look at Swami and a current of inspiration jerked me alive. A new enthusiasm rang in my voice and I could not believe my ears when there was a thunderous applause three minutes later! With gratitude I continued and the speech seemed to become a rousing success. I was applauded 4 times after that (yes, I was counting!) and when I concluded, the clapping was just one level below a standing ovation. I was very happy and felt rescued. I went to Swami and gratefully bowed at His feet for I knew it was not me who had spoken. He looked at me and asked,

"Which class?"

I answered, "II year MSc Swami."

Then as I was about to rise, He called me.

Looking into my eyes, He asked in Hindi,

"Tumko Pehle Kuch Nahi Diya?" ( Haven't I given you anything before?)

In a flash that scene popped up in my mind's eye where I had told Him that He had given me nothing. Tears flowing down my cheek, I said,

"Swami mere paas jo bhi hain, aapne diya!" (Swami, whatever i have with me, you have only given.)

A twinkle came in his eye. He was happy that His child who had misunderstood Him was back on the path of understanding. He then waved His hand and created a gold chain with a pendant for me. He made my head rest on His lap as He chained me to Him- forever. With tears still streaming from my eyes, I said,

"Swami I don't know what to say!"

He patted me on my cheeks and said, "Only Love, Love, Love, Love!"

I returned back to my place.

Now I realize that "unconditional friendship" is a very tough thing. I only stated my intent but filled my head with expectations of Him. And I ended up criticizing Him and not wanting to speak to Him. But He had already extended His hand of unconditional friendship to me and come what may, never left me or got angry on me. I realized that true love, instead of being the greatest binding force on earth, is actually the greatest liberating force. He was happy with me no matter what i thought or did. He had no expectations of me and still He loved me wholly. He loved me and loves me for what I am rather than for what He wants me to be. And that is because, in the ultimate analysis, He just wants me to "Be"- nothing more, nothing less.

I wish in my heart that I can become at least in part like Him and love Him to one millionth portion the way He loves me. Looking back at the beach of my life, I realize that the single set of footprints in times of crises is indeed mine. Those are the times when He taught me how to walk, always carrying Him in my heart!

He taught me how to walk, always carrying Him in my heart!
He taught me how to walk, always carrying Him in my heart!

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      narayan sahoo 

      4 years ago

      thank u sai ram! following arvind bhai on facebook was also a blessing from always with me swami.......let my love and faith increase in you as every moment passes......thank you sairam

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      Sai Teja 

      4 years ago

      Sai Ram

      What you have described may be your experience but it is the same phase even 'm passing through and now I found the motivation and inspiration that Swami is with me (He is always with me but my ignorance makes me forget it).

      Jai Sai Ram

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      4 years ago

      Beautiful brother.....

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      4 years ago

      I just saw the video, Aravind! Beautiful! You are indeed a blessed child of the Lord! Your pure love and innocence just shone through your talk. Thanks so much for sharing the video with all of us.

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      5 years ago

      Your open candid - honest feelings are well express. Reading your experiences Aravinda, has given me a deeper understanding and much needed In sai-ghts to Swami's grace and love for His devotees. Thank you for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      Sai ram aravind bhaiya.

      WONDERFUL, in easy language. I was reading this with continuous tears in my eyes & remembering the same happened with me , 8-9 years back , when i came puttaparthi 1st time.

      I didn't know about strict rules regarding dressing code, specially for girls.

      1st day no darshan, 2nd day due to improper dress no darshan. On 3rd day at morning swami was not coming , some1 informed me.I came back after to me swami came to the kulwant hall to gave darshan. I was crying and crying and asking to swami tell me qhat is my fault. At evening unfotunatly forgot to wear chunri . The pee peemanent staff of mandir shouted on me , no manners in rajasthani girls and more . I run aqay from their with full tears of eyes. I have a afraid from dogs, why i still don't know but on that day when i was running towards my room ,1 dog was atand in mid of the vip turn & westrn canteen . A car was going from that way and the dog still stand there, so the driver stoped the car.... how lucky i am just becoz of dog. That car was not general car , it was of DIVINE's CAR . And swami raised his hands to bless us . On that day swami was going backside of shopping centre .

      After swami's darshan my tears was continue , but they having a satisfaction now.

      Really love you swami, no buddy can define you fully ,but still we are doing ..........

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      sudha narayanan 

      5 years ago

      Sairam this reminds me of one an incident some 6 yrs back. It was one of those days & I was in a very depressed mood and prayed to Swami "Life is so full of ups & downs like a see-saw, I want to see you in everyone. But its very very difficult".. After sometime, my sister & niece (6months old) was there and I had to change her dress. These words were printed in her dress "Life is full of ups & downs, but a good friend is there" with a picture of two tiny tots playing on a see saw! Of course, He has chained us all to His Divine Love!

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      5 years ago

      a perfect Swami lesson retold with candor in your special style, this will remain a teaching that will never fade.. tears, tears, tears....

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      dhurga devi 

      5 years ago

      beautiful ...

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      5 years ago from Kerala, India


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      Anju Dhingra 

      5 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL is too small word. I was reading with continuous tears in my eyes & wondering what is happening????? After going through the comments could understand the language of love,,,,,love & love towards our Lord. U really are a blessed soul. May you keep working as His important instrument & keep soaking us in SAI LOVE.

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      5 years ago

      Fantastic experience to share with all of us. It was more so as I had the very same thought you expressed--

      'I realized that true love, instead of being the greatest binding force on earth, is actually the greatest liberating force.'

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      6 years ago

      Great Love of Swami. Swami is Love, Love ,Love..:) and in between, you mentioned Ms. Tina Thomas.. She is an English lecturer in a college in our hometown. Both my sister and brother was taught English by her.

      Sai Ram..

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      Anushree Surbhi 

      6 years ago

      I was fortunate to have a tremendous experience with Swami.

      Born and brought up in a Sai family, I always had extreme faith in Swami and worshipped him. I had also heard few miracles and experiences my father had, but still I wished to have my own experience all along my growing years. I don’t know why I had challenged Swami for his Divine Power on this particular day.

      It was during summer vacations of 1996, the year I had just completed 8th std. As a Balvikas student, we had got the opportunity to perform in a cultural programme in Parthi.

      The programme was to be performed in Poornachandra Hall and we were having final on-stage practice session.

      I was playing a Peacock in the dance drama, based on forest life titled “Jiyo aur Jeene Do”.

      My entry was in the last song for which I had to wait for long on the backstage. Those days Swami’s old residence used to be behind the Poornachandra Hall. We were told by our coordinator that Swami might come to see the practice and so all had to be disciplined and not to take Pad-Namaskar during the practice. We were so excited about having Swami’s ‘special’ Darshan from such a close distance. But later we came to know that Swami would not come to see the practice.

      In an immediate reaction, I, as an immature girl, challenged Swami that “If you really are God, you will have to prove it right away and come near me right now!” And the very next moment, I saw Swami coming down from his room upstairs. As I saw him coming, my heart started thudding….. Swami came near me and stood beside me, keeping his hand on my right shoulder. I couldn’t dare to see him and tears started flowing from my eyes. I just could not believe what was happening with me. It was defying all the logic. How could He possibly listen to my thoughts!! I immediately became apprehensive that He will tell everyone that this girl doesn’t trust Swami and has challenged Swami. But so Loving He is, that He did not mention this to anyone. He just stood smiling besides me watching the practice. Everyone there was so thrilled and later asked me what happened. No one was aware of the voiceless conversation I had with Swami.

      I was also told later that He was there besides me for around two minutes. The moments just passed like a flash, or did I live my whole life in those two minutes?!

      I still relish those moments.

      From this Incident onwards, I always have conversation with Swami, but I have never challenged Him again. I was gently told by Swami Himself then that He listens to us and is there with us every moment.

      We Love you Swami!

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      6 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Vishwanath Prabhu - I can totally empathize. But this is not a point to get vexed with worldly friends - that is the nature of the world. You have done the correct thing by turning to Swami. He will set things right in the most beautiful manner possible - I have no doubts in that. I shall pray for you. Sai bless. Sairam

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      viswanath prabhu 

      6 years ago

      And thank you brother

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      viswanath prabhu 

      6 years ago

      Just yesterday I posted my feelings on my facebook wall.

      It read like this-

      "To hell with so called friends(obviously my present classmates)I am just going to restart my affair with My God."

      I am going through the same phase you were,only you had physical proximity to Swami..its hard to believe that its not just the phase but the experiences too.I got vexed with my classmates just using me when in need and not even caring otherwise (the pain aggreviates as I feel this is the worst phase of my life where im expecting something from my friends--I went out of my way to help them,even sacrificing my cause,didn't I?) So I always expect them to be so into me as iam with them.all of them. I am waiting for Swami's intervention--I know He is in,but i am waiting for my realisation of it.

      So I couldn't have done anything better today than reading your marvel piece of inspiration(I wouldn't have,if He didnt will it,anyway.)

      So I feel you will be glad Swami is using you as an instrument to wipe someone else's tears.You are doubly blessed that way.

      Iam just waiting for the reply,whichever way it comes. As a lesson or as a gift.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      6 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Mark Aspa - Feel so happy sharing it

      @ SB - I cried writing it!

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      6 years ago

      cried reading this.........................

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      Mark Aspa 

      6 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      thanks for sharing this - i read it spellbound; to learn about your ups and downs with Swami was enthralling.

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      6 years ago

      Sairam Aravind, you have echoed our frequent fights and compromises with our Inner Sai!

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      deepa venkitesh 

      6 years ago

      sairam Aravind, tears fell and you know I have also gone through this kind of depression, it was hell, but I think now that it was a kind of preparation for what I am today and to face the world bravely for what it really is. loved every word. claps and a standing ovation.

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      6 years ago

      sairam anna.I remember reading this in sai chandana and this came as a relief to me as very often I used to feel the same thing you used to feel then. This is the only article in sai chandana that I have read uncountable number of times and each time I read it,I end up with a few drops of tears down my cheeks accompanying an enlightened smile :)

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      7 years ago from Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA

      Oh so beautifully narrated!...You can start counting the clap for this magnificant article..mine is the first clap!lol

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      7 years ago

      Sairam Arvind.

      Tears fell when i read your story. Only our swami can do this.Our beloved swami is always with us in all times. Jai sai Ram.

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      7 years ago

      Just loved refreshing my memory...with regs to yr experience.

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      sai uddhav 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.Many a times i too felt the same but SWAMI was always there guiding me and helping me.

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      Sai Jahnavi 

      7 years ago

      Sai Ram Aravind,

      Reading and re reading and re reading brings more joy each time, touches my heart more each time. Truly blessed to be reading this even, yes very true Swami has a plan for each one of us depending on which class we are in.

      Once, when we had the opportunity to put up a drama for Swami's birthday celebrations, I was slightly upset because at first I was given the lead role of Narada maharshi then subsequently changed to Vyasa Maharshi. My small mind thought if I was Narada I would have performed in front of Swami in all scenes, but now I have to be in only a couple of them and did feel little sad about it not realising what a blessing it was even to be there for a second. Finally when the day came, and I was on the back stage, I was nervous about saying my dialogues, I moved onto the stage while the previous scene was being enacted and sat behind the curtains ready for the next scene. I was still nervous, din't know what to do. I was right at the centre where the two parts of the curtain meet and all I did was looked through a small gap and saw Swami, it felt like Swami looked right into my eyes and assured me and gave me all the strength, I cant forget that gaze even till date. All I can remember is the group photo at the end of the drama. 'Logically' nobody can reconcile how could Swami look eye to eye when He was physically so far from the stage and how could physical eyes look through a small gap of a few millimeters like it were right in front of me. I have nothing but tears of joy even to explain that moment.

      Sai Ram, and thanks again for all the Love.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 

      7 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      @ Mr.Happy - I believe in only one religion - the religion of Love for that alone is truly Divine.

      @ Spirit Whisperer - You overwhelm me with your love and good wishes. Shall write to you soon!

      @ Rajesh - What a beautiful experience! Ah! That moistened my eyes. You too should remember the golden moments and pen them.

      @ Sivaram - Thank you. Spent maximum number of days composing this article

      @ Ranvir Singh - very correct. A fifth grade student is never given a tenth grade exam!! :)

      @ Meeta, Vivek and Shobha Menon - Thank you so much!

      @ Lynette, Kusum Katara, Jayathi Iyer, Deepak Bharwani and Aarthi - Thank you so much for your sweet words. May our love for Swami grow stronger every moment.

      @ Anonymous - Right!

      @ Anjali Sai and Lakshmi Ramchandran - Let us always shed tears of joy for our Bliss is His food!

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I have encountered the footsteps in the sand story before. The first time from a Christian so it was interesting to find it here too.

      I enjoyed the blog. Cheers!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Aravind this is such a wonderful and moving hub you have brought tears to my heart and once again you have raised Sai awareness to new heights in my heart. You have summarised perfectly Swami's message and by revealing so honestly what most of us might not be so quick to reveal about ourselves you have made His message real and very clear. Thank you brother. I hope that you publish your hubs someday as a book that we can keep beside our beds and read every morning when we rise and every night before we sleep. Sai Ram.

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      Siva Ram 

      7 years ago

      Having read almost all of your hubs, Per my view, this article stands out in all aspects. God Bless All..

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      Ranvir Singh 

      7 years ago

      Swami's ways of training His devotees are difficult to understand. So, the only duty of the devotee is to continue on the Journey irrespective of awards as his subtle presence can be felt at all times. In fact, the seemingly difficult patch of the devotee is the period when He is most attentive towards His devotee. But, one thing is certain, as He has assured us also, that He will not let you pass that pain that you may not be able to bear. And the given pain will be for our purification and upliftment on our spiritual journey. So, with Swami, be always assured and happy in all conditions as you are always in His very-very close supervision.

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      shobha menon 

      7 years ago

      How blessed and how fortunate to be chained for ever with His Love!


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      Vivek Kapoor 

      7 years ago

      I had tears in my eyes... Only Mother can make a child feel HER LOVE.... and that's what exactly our MOTHER makes us feel always.. Tu Kitni Achchee hai, Tu Kitni bholee hai, Pyaari Pyaari hai..... Oo Maa, SAI MAA...

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      7 years ago

      SWAMI has HIS ways of making us realise that there is nothing more important than HIM in this world!overwhelming experiences!

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      7 years ago

      A Beautiful recap of how He works with us. He is The Real Master and has all the love and patience to teach us all to walk straight in our lives.During one of our Parthi Yathra with Youth after Convention in Maharashtra He held his hand in begging position and told us He only wanted Love and nothing else from us. We had sung "Humko Tumse pyar kitna Sai Tum hi jaante......" at the end he made us stop when we sang "Prem Bandhmu".Bhagwan never wanted anything except Love. If only we are able to Love Bhagwan by loving anyone selflessly,He will shower His Blessings in abundance and be peaceful at heart. Arvind, you are lucky to have got all the opportunities starting with Balvikas.....through....Swami's School in Quolandi Calicut & Parthi school and college. You writings are very inspiring.Keep it up and let Swami work through you.All the best! God Bless you.

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      kusum katara 

      7 years ago

      Superb what a touching experience u have shared with us & this experience teaches us a lesson of swami's omnipresence of when to, where to,how to give what is best & best for us.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful story! Swami's message love unconditionally as HE does!

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      Deepak Bharwani 

      7 years ago from Mumbai, Maharashtra

      At times Swami test the devotion of his devotees...not only to make him spiritually strong but also suffering entitles all of us more to the Lord's Grace. In your case, Swami granted a favour when He decided to test you, for He was impressed by your achievement and wanted to put upon it the seal of His approval. You rose up to the demands of the test, and that is why Swami showered His grace on you.

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      subhasri kartik 

      7 years ago


      U r truly blessed.

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      Jayanthi Iyer 

      7 years ago

      No words to express.

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      7 years ago

      Very touching and emotional part Aravind anna,felt glad that Baba is with all devotees....I too have an elocution competition this week...and I have stage fright...Putting and pining all my hopes on Baba..that HE will rescue me and give me courage...OM SAI RAM |

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      Balasubramanya Subbarao 

      7 years ago

      Mind blowing experience

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      7 years ago

      Wow.. Sai Ram!!

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful, He binds us not but are bound to Him! :)

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      7 years ago

      :) Nice to read this again. And very happy to see the photos of you with Bhagawan. :)

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      lakshmi ramchandran 

      7 years ago

      sai ram aravind. u are truly blessed. my eyes are filled with happy tears. om sai ram.

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      7 years ago

      Hey! This one of the stories in Sai Chandana! :) Beautiful story.

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      Anjali Sai 

      7 years ago

      :'( :'( ....superbbbbbbbb...luvd it frm d core.....same complaints complaints complaints against him, nt wanting to talk to d closest friend...."Tumko kuch nahi diya" easily v forget n of d best ones


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