The atmosphere in Prasanthi Nilayam is highly charged with spirituality. Many occurrences that appear as coincidences are actually "miracles”. Generally devotees tend to be impressed and greatly appreciate so called miracles concerning physical materials, but if only one clears his vision with a spiritual bent and tempt to listen with a spiritual ear, he will experience many more "miracles" within his spiritual understanding. Here is such a miracle.
At Prasanthi Nilayam, on the morning of 9th September 1973, there was a Divine Discourse by Bhagawan on the occasion of the Onam Festival of Kerala, celebrated at the Nilayam by over a thousand devotees from the State.
During the Discourse, Bhagawan referred to the fact that man has in him Danavatva (Demonic qualities), Manavatva (Human qualities) and Daivatva (Godly qualities). He said, "Spiritual development consisted in developing Daivatva or the Godly qualities of Ahimsa (Non violence), Daya (Compassion), Shanti (Mental Equilibrium) and Prema (Love). The Divine qualities of Sat, Chit and Ananda (Being, Awareness and Bliss) are inherent in man.”
How to manifest them, after becoming aware of them? Baba said that the method is 'Sathyasya Sathyam', ie. Truth, through Truth. The Truth has to be developed or seen or experienced through the Truth already latent in us.
"I will give you a small example.” He said. "To see the moon, you don’t have to collect candles or carry a hurricane lantern or a petromax lamp! You have to see the moon by the rays emanated by the moon itself! You see the moon, through the moon.”
Then, He passed on to the main topic, the career of Mahabali and the way God fulfilled his life, and the lessons we have to derive from the episode.
The matter referred to by Bhagawan about knowing "The Truth through Truth" had its impact on me at that moment. Later, I was ruminating over the statement, in the depth of my mind.
Now comes the miracle.
That afternoon, sitting on the sand strewn grounds of Prasanthi Nilayam, waiting for Darshan, when Bhagawan comes out from His room, I heard an elderly man telling a youth who was deeply engrossed in reading a book, "When you meet Baba, you come to the end of all reading.”
He spoke in Marathi, and I felt it as a sledge hammer stroke; the circuit was complete. Yes! Why have a petromax lamp to see the moon?
I thought to myself, "How true!” How many people must be reading and reading or hearing and studying ABOUT spirituality, without LIVING it! Such efforts are like arranging petromax lamps to see the Moon.
When you meet Baba, you come to the end of reading about spirituality. You begin to LIVE spirituality, to see Truth through Truth.