You and Us
Sai Ram, and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam. So, how did
you like our Sivarathri special? We are simply dying to know!
As we wrote in our last issue, we did a live TV broadcast
on Sivarathri evening, from 5 PM to 8 PM. Millions saw it
in India and they were absolutely thrilled. We have a special
article on that effort. Subsequently, we sent the data files
to the U.S, where special arrangements had been made to stream
the program during the weekend. So this year, many people
in different parts of this country and America have been able
to see the spectacular events of Sivarathri almost immediately
or very soon after. In some respects, we do have to be grateful
to modern technology!
The 30th of March is Rama Navami. The name
Rama evokes great joy, and Ananda in Swami. No surprise in
that because Rama is truly the embodiment of Sathya
and Dharma. Not that the other
Avatars are any less; far from it; however, among the people,
Rama’s name has become synonymous with these two basic
values. As late Mr. V.K.Narasimhan [whom some may remember
as the late Editor of Sanathana Sarathi]
often used to say, there were many great kings like Alexander
the Great and Akbar the Great, but Rama is remembered more
often than these so-called great kings. Why? Because Rama
stood for Truth and Righteousness. In fact, in India, even
to this day, people talk of Rama Rajya
as the ideal. It means a reign where Truth and Righteousness
prevail and there is Justice.
Gandhi was a great devotee of Rama, and constantly
chanted His Name. He once said that his breath may stop but
not his chanting. About the Name, Swami has spoken so many
times. On 30th January 1948 when an assassin pumped bullets
into Gandhi as he was coming for the evening prayer meeting,
Gandhi muttered He Ram twice
and died. In the Gita, the Lord
says that one must die remembering the Lord in the very last
minute. Swami has repeated this many times and also narrated
humorous stories to drive home the point. And, above all,
Swami stresses that one cannot remember the Lord in the last
moment, unless one makes it a habit. In other words, Chanting
the Name or Namasmaranam must
always be going on, like background processing in a computer!
What do you think?
All the best. Jai Sai Ram.