Written by Biba Mohan
Now that the year 2013 is behind us I feel I could not possibly ‘close that chapter’ in linear time without honoring one indescribable blissful experience that we had during our trip to South Africa in Sept 2013.
Aside from the opening of Mohanji’s Merudanda temple in Durban and our very first ACT Fusion charity concert, there was one experience during that trip that really left me in awe – the love with which we were welcomed at the Grassmere Sai Centre in Durban, which has been the venue of amazing miracles and blessings of Sai for more than 10 years now.
Based on my previous experiences in Puttaparthy, India, I was expecting strict rules and discipline, which was a bit of a concern cause I now had a naughty and curious 2-year-old baby with us who is always into mischief.
However, from the very first moment when we entered, we were welcomed by so much love by Devan and his family, that I instantly had a warm feeling of home coming..
We first went into their pooja room/shrine in which mind-blowing miracles were displayed one next to the other – amrit (nectar of immortality, by texture similar to honey) dripping across a framed picture of Sai Baba, materialized sacred ash (vibhoti) at several places, strand of hair in the shape of Om on another picture of Baba,
materialized turmeric powder, red powder, sugar candy, holy water, brass figurines representing deities, constantly flowing oil around small Ganesha statue, a big pot with coconut water and a couple of coconuts inside continuously refilling itself for years now
– all these shared from the heart abundantly, bringing blessings of healing and joy to all those who visit the centre. It’s like visiting a Museum of Living Miracles!
Devan said he noticed that the amrit flowed from the centre of this rose flower the moment we entered the shrine, which was a clear sign of Baba’s blessing. He gifted me that rose…
Devan shared with us many amazing experiences so humbly and from the heart that it was a true joy listening to him. After some time, I could feel the gratitude and excitement overwhelming me. The moment that followed was even more sweet – Devan took a glass, mixing all these miraculous delicacies into a drink concoction and offered it to Mohanji and each one of us. After mixing all these ingredients together, the final concoction ended up being pink in color and Mila immediately named it “strawberry juice” :-).
We then went to the bhajan hall where we saw many more large size framed pictures of Sathya Sai and Shirdi Sai with loads of materialized vibhooti and amrit sprinkled on them, plus two red velvet-covered throne-like chairs with a little stool in front (reserved for Baba of course) near which vibhuti footprints on the carpet were clearly visible. All this is just the visual effect, but how can one describe the energy of the place – it instantly expands one’s heart chakra and Divine sweetness fills the inner space…
Devan was very respectful towards Mohanji and I could tell two of them ‘bonded’ straight away. He brought a special chair for Mohanji and asked him to sit facing the audience that soon filled the entire hall and conduct a talk. That meant that he would be seated near Baba’s throne with his back to Baba – unheard of!
I was amazed, remembering my first ever experience with Sathya Sai way back in 2006 when I first sat within his gigantic sun-like aura and for the first time felt that I can co-create a different reality and live a life I always longed for, life of higher purpose, life of service and spiritual evolution. This was the time when Baba blessed me with Mohanji’s presence in my life.
I wrote about it in the following blog:
Mohanji’s talk was very Shaivic and straightforward, with arrow-like words freshly arrived from higher consciousness realms, words that could not be ignored. As I was seated (with Mila in my lap) in the corner near Mohanji, I could also observe the facial expressions/reactions of the audience. I could tell that initially some of them had very stern expressions on their faces obviously reflecting the thoughts like “Why do I need to listen to this man when we have direct blessings from Baba available here”, but after only a couple of minutes they started to mellow down and soon enough were fully engrossed and bathing in Grace.
The full talk can be viewed from the following link on You Tube:
http://youtu.be/VCh7CI0YN3w (Part 1)
I missed a part of the talk as I had to attend to Mila’s needs and that is when I met aunty Ashy, the caretaker of the ashram, who simply showered us with love. I really felt like having a chai (black tea with milk) and before I even said anything she welcomed us to their kitchen with a big smile and offered us chai. Even Mila asked for it and then started running around exploring the toys that she found in the hallway. I soon became like Mila – totally relaxed, blissfully bathing in this beautiful energy, feeling totally ‘at home’.
Mohanji’s talk really touched the hearts of people and went so well that, as the word spread, they requested Devan to invite Mohanji again saying that they are “missing him already”.
Devan shared with us how he and his team prepared the venue the previous evening and thus already positioned the chair dedicated to Mohanji. In the morning when he walked into the bhajan hall, he saw a new vibhuti footprint of Baba’s right in front of Mohanji’s chair – a beautiful way of conveying his blessings.. Therefore, when Mohanji was seated on the chair, his foot was right next to Baba’s foot imprint and that alone was enough to send one straight into the bliss state…
That is how, three days later, we returned to this beautiful Home of ours, this time in the morning, and bhajans were just about to start. Devan asked Mohanji to sing a bhajan and that is when he, for the first time ever, sang ‘Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam’ bhajan, which was the first bhajan Sathya Sai Baba ever sang and one of his favorite.
Here is the video recording (done from my mobile phone, so please pardon the quality):
After the bhajans, Devan invited us to do the Arati to Baba as the band played the blissful tunes of Sathya Sai’s arati. I felt even more intense expansion of my heart chakra taking place with every ‘Narayana’ word of the Arati and at one point just couldn’t hold the tears of gratitude, overwhelmed with the experience…
Devan then invited Mohanji to speak again – this time all were very receptive and beautiful energy filled the hall. Shaktipat was explained and Devan then invited all present to line up to receive Shaktipat from Mohanji.
That was another out-of-this-world experience. Many people very already very tuned to Baba’s consciousness and very receptive to Shaktipat. Experiences were outstanding and surely left a lasting effect.
The following video (again, from my mobile phone) captures some of the blissful moments:
As Mohanji got up to leave the bhajan hall, we noticed something that earlier wasn’t visible cause there were many people around – there were fresh new Vibhuti footprints of Baba’s all around the chair on which Mohanji sat! They were definitely not there before. I was speechless! Yashik said he could literally see them manifesting out of thin air. How could one ever express the extent and profundity of Baba’s love….
After the bhajans, the beautiful Lola invited us to the kitchen for a breakfast and served us, I must say, the best breakfast I’ve ever tasted! One vegetarian delicacy after the other, we just couldn’t stop eating.
We ended this blissful experience with most loving discussions, experience sharing, Mila’s blissful playing all over the courtyard, including their neighbor’s Saiurie’s house.. – all these moments will be treasured as precious memories of Baba’s endless blessings.
While leaving Durban, on our way to the airport, Devan called Mohanji and said “When you left the ashram, everyone felt sad. Many people have visited the ashram before, but it never happened like this before. All people felt as if a dear relative has just left. Please consider that you have a home in Durban. Please do come back to your home soon.”
How could one ever express the gratitude in words… Sai Nath Maharaj Ki Jai!
Eternal Padanamaskar at his Lotus Feet,