You and Us
Sai Ram and greetings from Prashanti Nilayam. This issue will
appear on 1st April, commonly referred to as All Fools Day.
Many are the pranks performed on this day, by the clever on
the gullible and the simple. But do we realise that as opposed
to this once a year affair, we are in fact being taken for
a ride every single day on many fronts? Indeed, often we are
busy deluding ourselves, without needing anyone to fool us.
A few years ago, a fairly well-to-do devotee from the West
had to suddenly come here – there were “instructions”.
So he came, did what he was told to and of course received
a lot of Grace. The devotee was naturally very happy about
it all but the delusion virus was very much there in him.
How else is one to explain a remark he made to a person here?
The devotee said, “You have no idea of how many plans
I had carefully made before coming here. I was planning to
take a vacation, long overdue. I had made all the hotel bookings
and the travel plans. This is summer and bookings are very
difficult. These have to be made months in advance. Besides,
I had got tickets for many shows. These tickets are very difficult
to get and have to be purchased six months in advance. I had
to cancel all that in order to dash here”. One no doubt
sympathises with the devotee for having to sacrifice all that
he had to and see his plans being overturned. But does he
realise that in place of the pleasure that he was paying for
to get in the shows, Bhagavan was here showering him with
incomparable Divine Bliss?
One cannot find fault with the devotee. The entire ambience
of today is like that. We are constantly inviting delusion
and the Media is ready to supply it to us 24 hours a day,
in a variety of forms. Apparently, they now have shows called
Reality Shows! One wonders what that means! Be that as it
may, we here in Radio Sai feel blessed that we do not have
to struggle to get advertisements, worry about penetrations,
bend backwards to “balance” [meaning present both
good and evil, more of the latter of course], and so on.
We have a simple agenda – to spread His Message. And
we are quite happy to focus entirely on that. Why? The answer
is simple. Just look what the Lord says in the 18th Chapter
of the Gita. He says:
He who with supreme devotion
to Me spreads this gospel [His Message] amongst My devotees
shall doubtless come to Me.
There is none amongst men rendering
service who is dearer to Me than he; nor is there on earth
more beloved by Me than he.
[18. 68, 69]
So why don’t you join us in this exciting adventure
that is also a service? Want to know how to do it? First write
to us your suggestions, and then we can take it further.
All the best. Jai Sai Ram.