Volume 5 - Issue 09
LOVE SHINES THROUGH
By Ms. Lulu Plata
When I saw Bhagavan I first saw my father’s face in His, then my mother’s and when He walked closer I saw Him. I understood one thing: those with whom I fought, who I thought I hated, were Him. That day another devotee gave me Swami’s divine discourse on Easwaramma day. In that discourse, Swami said that we have to deserve our mother’s love to deserve God’s love. This made me attempt to heal the relationship I had with my parents.
For the two months when I was alone in India, I found myself; I rediscovered who I really was and committed myself to be what Sai wanted me to be, and then deserve His love and my mother’s. I decided to stop eating meat and committed myself to return to Mexico, take up my study, help my mother in our Sai centre, and follow Bhagavan’s teachings. When I saw my family at the airport they told me: “You can’t go back to school, we don’t have money to pay your tuition”. However with my faith in God I was confident everything will be fine, and that Sai will take care.
I began giving human values and Bal vikas education to our Sai centre children and in a social centre. I was there to “teach” but in reality I was being taught. Sai Baba says, “Practice what you preach.” Every time we studied a new Human Value I unconsciously started to practise Sai’s teachings. One day one of the girls brought a white flower and hugged me. Before that I wouldn’t let people hug me due to my pain. It was Swami’s gift, He let me love and feel loved again.
Service on the Streets
A couple of months later we began to take food to people living on the street. On my first visit I was scared, as I thought they were dangerous. I felt uncomfortable as they had poor personal hygiene and took drugs. But as time went on I began to see them in another light. When we gave them the food, we asked them to bless it, and one of them said: “Lord, we thank you for the food you brought today, take it to our brothers and sisters living on the streets, in prisons, in psychiatric hospitals, bless the people who brought it and give them more. Amen.” His voice was trembling with emotion while he spoke this and I realised I had never seen anyone as thankful as they were. They were respectful to us, and they began to stop taking drugs.
When I saw their eyes shine again after tucking into the food we brought, I forgot about their lack of outer cleanliness. I was impressed to discover how Swami had let me see their divine qualities and we were able to serve them as His joyful instruments. One of the women once told us: “It’s good you bring food for our body, but sometimes we need food for the soul.” And so we decided to teach them this song:
Baba blessed us showing us that we are all one family, especially those needing help - and not just those we live with. The more we served the more we could feel His infinite love.
Then I realized He gives us everything we ask for; He gives us His love. This is when I realized the huge responsibility we carry; we are here to carry His message, we are here to be His instruments, we are here to be whatever He asks us to be.
I thank Him for giving me another opportunity to straighten my life, my attitude, my heart. I am filled with gratitude, especially, to Him for being His daughter. This is how I understood that:
“Love and God are not distinct from each other. God is Love and Love is God.”
I offer myself at His lotus feet. Sai Ram.
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Vol 5 Issue 09 - SEPTEMBER 2007
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