Swami Stories Taken From Sunday Talks Given by
Taken from “Sri Anil Kumar Speaks to Southern California Young Adults,” April 23rd, 2000
This morning, I took with me a book with a picture of Lord Ganesha. Swami saw Ganesha’s picture and I said, "Swami, how do You like it?"
Swami said, “I like all.”
Another gentleman, who was sitting next to me, was showing this morning a small book he had written on Dattatreya.
I said to Swami, "Swami, people say that Shirdi Sai is the reincarnation of Dattatreya. Am I right?" He should say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. That’s all. There’s no multiple choice.
He said, “As you think.”
“As you think!” What a lovely answer! What a diplomatic answer!
Then I said, "Swami, some say that it is only Dattatreya who has taken the form of Shirdi Sai, and Shirdi Sai who has taken the form of Sathya Sai today. Is that true?" I wanted Him to be clearer.
Do you know what He said? “That is the feeling of a devotee. As you think, so I appear.”
At the moment, the students are having exams. Swami called the warden and said: “Two boys are sick. It is true?”
The warden confirmed this.
So Swami said: “Two boys are sick, I know. Out of these two sick boys, one wrote examination yesterday, but could not today. The other boy wrote examination today, but could not yesterday. I know. You all think that I stay here only. But remember, I hear everything. I listen to your prayers. I see from here. I see all over, everywhere. This was His Divine assurance.
This morning Swami gave a beautiful sari for the bride and a safari suit for the bridegroom, to a student whose brother is going to get married in a month. This is not the point of this story. The important point is this: What did He say?
It seems that this brother was an old student of Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. So Swami said: “Tell your brother that I have not forgotten him, though he forgot Me.”
Anil Kumar also remembered a very important, profound statement made by Bhagavan, regarding the names of devotees whom He had visited 50 years ago. Swami went on mentioning their names and said: “I am not new. I am ancient. I am not a man of today. I am ancient.” The meaning is that He has been here for ages.
Anil Kumar spoke about the students, who are always writing letters to Swami. These are letters of thanksgiving, of gratitude.
As a joke, Swami said to them: “You are all writing letters! Oh, too many, too many! Don’t write letters hereafter, OK? I shall not take letters hereafter. No, no. I don’t take because everyone is writing a letter. And you don’t stop at that stage. You also want padanamaskar.”
Interest, interest! So the principal about the submission of the letter, the interest thereof, is padanamaskar. So Swami said ‘No, no, no, no letters.’
The boys said, "Swami, please."
I said softly, "Bhagavan, at least permit some letters that need Your immediate attention: Emergency – during a period of emergency."
Do you know what Bhagavan said? (What Swami says to boys is only an incident to convey His profound philosophy.) “Emergency? Emergency? There will be no state of emergency for My devotees. There is no state of emergency for My devotees. You don’t have to write to Me. If the situation is so dangerous, if you call it a ‘state of emergency’, I know how to take care of My devotees. I attend to their demands. I look after their necessities and needs. Don’t pick up this word ‘emergency’.”
There’s no emergency, so far as Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and His devotees are concerned. What an assurance is His! What a wonderful thing He said!