Swami Stories Taken From Sunday Talks Given by Anil Kumar
Taken from “Selected Sai Stories,” August 27th, 2000
Last year another fellow came along with devotees from Kerala during the Onam festival presented here. All professionals came. They were giving a music performance that evening. Swami suddenly looked at me and said, "Hey! You know that fellow!"
"He studied here. He’s an MBA boy. Now he’s playing along with TV actors, all-India radio. He’s a professional. He’s our boy only!"
"Swami?" I know that, but still I want to make the Divine Mother happy. "Swami, did he study here?"
"Eh! You’re working here! Don’t you know your own boys?"
"Oh, Swami, I vaguely remember, but not clearly; not as clearly as You remember."
"Eh! He studied in the primary school here. Twelve years. Three years’ degree. Two years’ PG. How nicely he’s singing, eh? Hey, sit down."
We may forget, but He never forgets. He never forgets. In fact, He looked at a lady and said, "I gave you a lingam ten years ago. What are you doing with it now?"
Not only that. While distributing sarees, He stops at one place, "Ah, take this. No! Same colour I gave you last year. This year you take another colour!"
He must have distributed a few lakhs of sarees to few lakhs people. How does He remember the colour of the saree presented to that lady and could know the same colour was given last year? So, a different colour is better now. It is only God who could know that! God remembers everybody and He cares for us.
I also want to tell you what happened with children from London who presented a program recently with 130 children. The program presented by London children, no one could ever equal it – best performance, best music, best dances, and quick movements.
Swami was very, very happy about it. He went on telling about it, "See, quick, quick, quick, quick; whereas you fellows, trick, trick, trick. They could present it nicely. Why? They live in trust, whereas you live in rest. You live in rest, whereas they live in trust. That is the difference."
God does not hide anything. He openly tells you, even if you are offended. There’s nothing like hide-and-seek with Him.
Another thing He said: "In London, there’s one Bal Vikas guru -- very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very great devotee." Then Swami explained: Some time back when she was returning, she got the news that her husband died. That lady went home, and after completing all the things to be done, she returned immediately and reported to Swami.
Baba said, "She did not shed a tear. She did not cry. Why? She has understood Swami’s teachings. She’s living Sai’s teaching." Baba tells, "All things come and pass off. All are passing clouds. Good and bad come and go. There’s not even a single permanent cloud. She knows it. Just as every medicine has got two dates – the date of manufacturing and the date of expiry – this life has got the date of birth gone and the date of death hidden there. So she was so great she could take it."
Then I said, "Swami, one in million may be having that understanding."
Bhagavan immediately said, "No, no. There are many people like that." He said many.
Then He added, "Of course, they are ladies; none among men!"
"Yes! Ladies have got devotion. Ladies can withstand any kind of tension. They have got utter surrender; therefore they are able to be like that."
"Swami, Your creation is defective. You created a woman like that, as to resist, and created man so soft, he cannot take it."
He said, "Nothing wrong with My creation. It’s your vision that’s defective. Your outlook, your vision, your sight is defective. Nothing is wrong with My creation."
Then I wanted to take another chance: "Swami, men have so many responsibilities! Maybe that is one of the reasons why we are not like women. Full-time devotees, full surrender – they have no other job. We have so many responsibilities."
Bhagavan has become a champion for the cause of women’s liberation movement! Or an attorney, advocate representing the women’s case!
He said, "Responsibility, chi! Women have more responsibility."
"What responsibility, Swami, what?"
"Responsibility to the husband, responsibility to the children, responsibility to the family, and responsibility to the prestige and the dignity of the family! She has so many responsibilities. Men don’t have that many responsibilities."
Gone, my case was gone. I wanted to make a last attempt. Let the case go. At least let me place my arguments! So I said, "Swami, men have many avocations."
Swami was about to go. I should have kept quiet. Again, I took the risk! Bhagavan, who was going, turned back and said, "What avocations? Chi! (An expression of disgust) Useless avocations!"
So avocations are of two types: useful and useless.
"Right, Swami." To be let down is one thing. Much to the pleasure of others is another thing!
"Useless avocations you have. The husband returns from the office and he claims as if he is very much tired. In fact he is not very much tired. Actually he takes 10 cups of coffee in the office but pretends that he is tired. The poor lady, out of pity and love for him, brings him cup of coffee. The fellow enjoys the coffee, relaxed, sitting in an easy chair. And then this fellow gets up, goes to the club and plays cards. Is that the avocation? Chi! Playing cards, going to clubs, enjoying the company, talking with friends! Are they avocations of men? Chi!
Women don’t have that avocation. They always think of the family. They pray for the prosperity of the irresponsible husband! The wife prays, ‘Let my husband come up in life.’ No man has that spirit!"
So Swami spoke that evening during the staging of the program of children from London, explaining why and how women are superior to men in every possible way. Thus Bhagavan made us feel very happy, though with some reservation.
WHERE THERE IS LOVE, THERE IS UNCONDITIONAL SACRIFICE, UNCONDITIONAL SERVICE, NOTHING IS EXPECTED IN RETURN
Then Bhagavan also appreciated the drama staged by devotees from Germany, particularly that lady who played the role of Elizabeth. That lady who played the role of Elizabeth served everybody. She rendered service to every one, the poor and needy alike; even though a person who received help from her harmed her, criticised her, condemned her, disowned her. Yet she continued to serve.
Swami was so happy. Where there is love, there is unconditional sacrifice, unconditional service, nothing is expected. Nothing is expected in return. That is pure Love.