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Dear Reader,

Sai Ram. This is our fourth issue and despite teething troubles we are getting along well, thanks to Swami's Grace and of course your good wishes. We at Heart to Heart appreciate tremendously the favourable comments we have been receiving, in addition of course to many suggestions, which, be assured, are receiving our careful attention.

This time the cover story is the UNITY CUP one-day international cricket match that was played here in Puttaparthi, yes in Puttaparthi, with cricket stars from all over the world. That was way back in December 1997, and since then most people have sort of forgotten the event. But just before the match, it was hot news, especially with people wondering what a cricket match has got to do with spirituality. After the match was over, everyone promptly forgot all about it, including the possible spiritual overtones.

We are taking you back in Time not only to relive those exciting moments but also to reflect on the possible reasons for Swami to bless such an event besides taking keen personal interest in it. If we look back on the Rama and Krishna Avatars, most of the events of the Rama Avatar are quite straightforward to understand - they can be "fitted" within a Divine Agenda as we can conceive of it. When it comes to the Krishna Avatar, the Lord leaves us baffled with many of His actions. Moving on to the Shirdi Avatar, the mystery deepens, while in the present Avatar, the Lord keeps on taking us by surprise all the time. Be that as it may, of one thing we may be certain : As Kasturi poignantly put it, even a mere wave of the hand by Swami has significance, although we might not always understand it.

Coming back to the Unity Cup Match, Swami never explained the spiritual undertones of His action. As for understanding His actions, He has tersely remarked, "If Balarama [brother of Krishna] could not understand Me, how can you?!" Very true. Yet, this much we can say. The Unity Cup Match clearly underscores certain lessons taught by the Lord in the Gita, and to that extent, it is not surprising that the Lord decided to stage the match; that's what we feel. What about you? Why don't you write and tell us? We would very much like to hear from you. Our address remains the same: [email protected]

God bless. Jai Sai Ram.

SGH Team.


Volume 01: PDS / 04 Date : OCT 15 2003