At the foothills of Kodaikanal (19-04-05)
We have this description from a former student
of Bhagawan, who is presently the Youth Coordinator of Sri
Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Tamil Nadu. Read on for details
Swami travelled by car from Madurai airport
to Kodaikanal and had a break in between at Gunguvarpatti,
near Kodai foothills town, Vanthalagundu.
A group of Seva Dal had already refurbished
the Highways Travellers' guest house at Gunguvarpatti. Swami
arrived at about 3.30 pm at the spot. The Dindugal collector
along with State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations,
Tamil Nadu welcomed Bhagawan. Though they were ready with
a sofa-wheelchair for Swami, He shunned it away and proceeded
to walk His way. He was waiting for the students and guest
accompanying Him to arrive. Once they arrived, Swami had His
tiffin (snacks). This is a testimony of the love and care
Bhagawan has for His children. The students and guests were
served with sumptuous tiffin.
Once, Bhagawan got down from the car, He
noticed us, the old students. Immediately, there was a smile
of recognition. Once on His feet, He enquired about us, with
the same old charm.
Oh, after nearly ten years, we are hearing
His voice, directly speaking to us. My mind is slowly drifting
to those days when He used to walk amongst us creating His
own path, His robe brushing our faces, the divine scent wafting
in the air, suddenly speaking to a boy till then not spoken
to, cracking some jokes, simplifying philosophies into sweet
one-liners, sometimes just standing in total silence for a
length of time with us in rapt attention for the next divine
Then Bhagawan materialised a ring for the
District Collector. At about 4.35 pm, He left the spot, followed
by two buses of students and guests. Swami reached Kodaikanal
at about 6.15 pm.
In the evening, after Swami had left, being
alone, the experience of being with the Avatar was sinking
in. We may have Him in our hearts; it is good but not extraordinary.
But if He has a small space, maybe even the smallest for us
in His heart; it is something that will bestow unspeakable
happiness. And, when He decides to bless us with the physical
demonstration of the existence of that room for us in His
heart, can words explain the experience?
JAI SAI RAM