Prof. N. Kasturi was the Editor of
Sanathana Sarathi from its inception in 1958 till he attained
the Divine Lotus Feet in the year 1987.
I got the good news pretty quick; Baba had
come to Bangalore. He was staying in Sri Vittal Rao’s
house on the 9th Cross Road, Wilson Gardens, only five minutes
away from my residence, “Ashoka” on the 12th cross.
Knowing that there was a possibility of His coming to His
place, I had tipped the dry cleaner, who attended to the washing
and ironing of his door and window curtains, to inform me
as soon as he delivered the wash to Vittal Rao. I had noticed
that he had the curtains washed and ironed as part of house
cleaning, preliminary to Baba’s visit. When the news
leaked at last, I posted the little daughter of my domestic
help on a slab of stone facing his house, with directions
to keep watch for a big car and an orange robe. So within
ten minutes of Baba’s stepping into his house, Vittal
Rao was amazed to find me on his verandah! “Wait! Wait!
He pleaded. But Baba spotted and came towards me with His
palm ready to fall on my shoulder. “Now, you have work
at Puttaparthi”, he said. “A monthly magazine
will start soon. Guess! How is it named?” He asked.
I confessed I could not delve into His will. Yet He drew out
from my reluctance a few names. “The Godward Path”,
“Karma Dharma”, “Prema Yoga”. He waved
aside the titles I suggested and announced that he had decided
to designate it as “Sanathana Sarathi”.
That name is a clarion call. It is the conch
of Vishnu, awakening the sleeping. It is the drum of Siva
challenging the unruly to shed their waywardness. ‘Sarathi’
means ‘he who holds the reins’, ‘Sanathana’
means ‘Eternal’. So, that title would announce
to the world that Baba is the Omniwill, which is moulding
and manipulating, since Times began, the wills of living beings
from the amoeba to the astronaut. “Recognise God as
the Sarathi, yield wholeheartedly to His direction, reach
your Destination in good shape”, was the message Baba
was conveying through that Name. I was elated, elevated.
“This is the 32nd year of the Avataric
Career and it is time He stood forth as the world Teacher,”
I said to myself, recalling His first public discourse during
Dasara, 1953. It was while the Lord was the Sarathi for Arjuna
that the Bhagavad Gita was conferred on mankind through him.
The Lord is therefore known as Partha (Arjuna) Sarathi. Baba
is now standing forth as Sanathana Sarathi – the Sarathi
for every one, everywhere.
A few days prior to the release of the first
number of the magazine, Baba declared before a gathering on
the Chithravathi sands, “The Bhagavad Gita is a guidebook,
a map for the aspirant to peace and liberation. The Lord has
installed Himself in every heart as the charioteer. Ask Him
for the proper direction and He will answer and lead. You
can hear a Gita specially designed for you, if you call upon
the Lord”. The “Sanathana Sarathi” was therefore
intended as the “Bhagawan Uvacha” (Thus saith
the Lord) for a world that has jumped the rails and is in