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Lord GaneshaTHE TRANSFORMATION PROCESS

Transformation is essentially the process whereby we begin to perceive and interact with the external world through ‘Constant Integrated Awareness.’ We suffuse the power of Love into our thoughts arising in the mind so that what we see, hear or do ‘good.’

For example, we all are at present programmed by the environment, our past experiences of the physical world, TV, Media, etc. This negativity which has filled our mind at present has to be substituted by positivity. Such a re-programming is difficult to invoke; the mind operates to reinforce what is already in the sub-conscious; it is programmed to reject that which is contrary to its experience. It tends to deny those inputs, which could change the current behavior patterns.

Yet, reprogramming is necessary for the transformation we wish to achieve. How do we take the U-turn? Where do we begin the journey back to the source? How do we initiate the process of reversal? The process of transformation is achieved by a subtle and complex combination of the five D’s – Devotion, Discrimination, Determination, Discipline and Duty.

The first step is to become aware of the necessity for change. The crucial requisite is to have full faith in the act of change. It is important that we re-discover our original connection with Divinity. When it is firmly imprinted on the mind that we are a reflection of the Divinity, we can then trace back to the source. Thus, we take a quantum jump, disassociating from the vicious circle of negativity, restricted to the body-mind entity; with devotion we raise our level of action to the super-conscious, the seat of Truth.

‘When transformation is gained, you will find that you have traveled only from yourself to yourself, with God all the while in you, around you, with you and beside you.’
-Baba

Mankind is the same everywhere. A mango seed planted anywhere in the world will grow into a mango tree and yield only mangoes; environmental factors may only affect the ripeness or fullness of the fruits. In a similar manner, the transformation techniques employed in Sathya Sai Educare remain the same. Social and cultural contexts may require changes in the content, the approach may have to be modified from infants to youths to adults, the examples sited may be different; however, the end product shall always be the same. Sathya Sai Educare is applicable universally. It is the Vedas of the 21st century.

  • Transformation is a journey back to the source.
  • The beginning of the transformation process is Faith.
  • The five resources, which need to be developed for the transformation process, are Devotion, Duty, Discipline, Discrimination and Determination.
  • The five techniques to be employed for the transformation process are Prayers, Devotional group Singing, Selfless Service, Tuning In and Good Environment.

We have to consciously take the first step, and Baba promises that the next ten steps will follow as a matter of consequence. The process of transformation follows the sequence of cause and effect. Whatever we sow, will grow in abundance in due course of time. What we plant, will grow; what we grow, we deserve. Therefore, we should plant good thoughts in the fertile garden of the mind. Good reading, good company and good environment are very necessary to proceed along these lines.

‘If you put pebbles of good thoughts into people’s mind, the ripples reach all the sense organs and translate as good words, good visions, good actions, and good hearing.’
- Baba (21st May 2000)

Thus, we initiate an inner journey and become conscious of the Divine Center within. With an increasing turn to the inner spirit, we begin to share our Love and Peace with everyone. This Love is capable of producing strong global vibrations to energize the whole world. Thus, we begin to climb an ascending scale of our spiritual evolution; and our will merges with Divine Will.

A tree has the trunk and the trunk branches, far and wide into boughs with leaves and flowers. Karma Yoga is the trunk for the tree of Life; the branches, leaves and the fragrant flowers symbolize the Bhakthi Yoga; and the ripe fruit and sweetness therein that is the Jnana Yoga, the Wisdom.

Sadhanas mean pathways to liberation. The main paths are:

  1. Bhakthi Maarga: Path of Devotion
  2. Jnaana Maarga: Path of Knowledge.
  3. Karma Maarga: Path of Action
  4. Dhyaana Maarga: Path of Meditation

This is the self-analysis and experiences, which has helped in self-transformation, which I am sharing, with one and all to understand and follow the path to Divinity.

I. Bhakthi Marga 1960 to 1971

Baba’s trip to Mumbai in 1960 brought about the transformation. Being a child what attracted me was the Love of our Lord, which was ever flowing. This phase of my life was spent playfully taking the Lord as a friend. In 1968 the Lord inaugurated Dharmakshetra and made Mumbai His house. Also in the same year when Baba went to Africa, the Lord left His Mother Easwaramma with us in our house and gave us the opportunity to serve Divinity. Amma was my strength to understand and appreciate the role of a woman. In this phase had the good fortune of experiencing the 9 pathways in Bhakthi.

  1. Shravanam: Listening to the leelas of the Lord
  2. Keertanam: Singing the glories of the Lord as Baba taught us Bhajans Himself every evening.
  3. Vishnu Smaranam: Always remembering the Lord.
  4. Paadasevanam: Massaging the feet of the Lord.
  5. Archanam: Constantly worshipping the Lord.
  6. Vandanam: Offering our humble salutations to the Lord.
  7. Dasyam: Constantly serving the Lord.
  8. Sakhyam: Establishing companionship with the Lord.
  9. Aatmanivedanam: Surrendering oneself completely to the Lord.

II. Jnaana Maarga 1972 to 1980

The childhood having being spent in playing with the Lord and the hunger for knowledge made me read, understand our rich heritage and experience our wealth; this was the Jnaana Maarga. The Spiritual books, the Scriptures, the Upanishads, the Bhagwad Gita, the Vedas and all the literature available was read to understand the Lord and His Leelas.

Then the Lord made me His student to attend the Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality for all the years to enlighten the Atman.

Scriptures declare that ‘Tat Twam Asi’ ‘Thou Art That’. There are 4 Mahaavaakyas proclaiming this supreme truth.

  1. Prajnaanam Brahma: The supreme consciousness is Brahma.
  2. Tat Twam Asi: You are that (God)
  3. Ayam Aatmaa Brahma: The soul within me is God
  4. Aham Brahma asmi: ‘I am God’.

The first two Mahaavaakyas are proclamation of the Guru (who has already realized his identity with God), to the disciple by way of instruction - aadesha.

The third one is for the disciple to think and ponder over (Abhyaasa) and

The fourth one is the disciple’s exclamation after experiencing the godhead.

This is called Anubhava Vaakya. Jnaana Maarga stresses path of Meditation to realize the truth that we are God. Before we take up quest for truth, our hearts should be purified.

Sage Yaajnavalkya instructs his wife Maitreyi that one can realize the truth of these Mahaavaakyas by:

  1. Shravanam: Listening to the Mahaavaakyas.
  2. Mananam: Reflecting on the meaning of what is listened.
  3. Nididhyaasana: Investigating with one pointed mind to experience the truth.

III. Karma Yoga 1981 TO 1991 Service to Mankind

This period was spent in Seva as an Active Seva Dal working for Humanity. This phase gave me many experiences as worked on different activities namely:

  • Visiting the aged home and caring for them
  • Teaching the blind
  • Teaching Health and Hygiene in the slums
  • Visiting Hospitals – we were given training in First Aid, Home Nursing and Civil Defence.
  • Visiting the villages and doing gram seva.
  • Medical camps
  • Vocational Guidance

The most memorable activity was doing Counseling for Students (IX and X standard as well as Graduates) for selection of Career. This activity gave me an opportunity to guide the youth and the activity was so much appreciated that with the Divine Blessings, formulated on-line Counseling for the students this was when Computers had just come into India. When Baba asked me to study Computers I was shocked and had doubts what will I do with this knowledge being an Industrialist’s daughter and had joined the family business. The Lord has His Plans and we have to have the patience to let the curtain fall and wait for the scenes to be enacted as per the Director of the Play – the Lord.

Surrendering ourselves whole heartedly to the Lord and doing everything as an act of worship to the God, without expecting the fruits of action is Karma Yoga. This kind of action is called Nishkaama Karma. Such a devotee is always protected by the Lord and is freed from the cycle of birth and death.

The aim of all sadhana is to train the whole being of man-physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and spiritually for the realization of God who is the essence and base of all religions.

Sanaatana Dharma lays emphasis on Sarva atma-Bhava Eka atmya. One must work not only for oneself but also for the well being of the whole society LOKA SAMASTAAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU is the Hindu prayer. Another prayer-Sarve vai Sukhinas Santu, Sarve Santu Niraamayaah, Sarve bhadraani Pashyantu, Maa kaschit Dukhamaapnuyat; suggest the same idea.

1991 TO 1999 Service to Parents

Baba shifted responsibility from Service to Humanity to Service to Parents. The last decade has shown the Divine Miracle of extension of life of my father. Both my parents are aged but the Divine Hand is helping us cross all our Karma and free ourselves of all the effects of our previous birth action and peacefully accept every reaction of our action and with implicit faith reach our goal the Divinity.

IV. Dhyanna Maarga 2000 to 2002

This phase has started with the assimilation and reverting back to the past and sharing the experiences with others through the media of computers. Last year the website www.pilgrimagesofindia.com was launched which is my Pilgrimages & Transformation. Though living with the Divinity the thirst to see the Creation of the Creator attracted the soul like a magnet. The desire to feel and visualize the vibrations of the legends took me to the journey of all the holy places of India.

The journey had begun. The distinction between the temporary monetary world and spiritual world was awakened. The truth was experienced as all wealth was lost but this brought the hidden wealth of Spiritual Jnaana and experiences to share with the world through the website Blessed by the inner connections of the Atma and the Paratma. The pathway to liberation.

On the 24th November, 2001 the theme for the S.A.I.info was inspired.

  • Who is Sai? Where is Sai? What is Sai?
  • Individual Sadhana through Prayers and Rituals
    • Prayers at Prashanthi Nilayam
    • Prayers routine
    • Fasting with the weekly fasting and other fasting and puja. (The Lord noticed the effect and twice Blessed me, as I was always fat, having attachment for food. And Baba used to call me Pakoda. It was worth the fasting as the Divine Lord noticed the difference and appreciated the difference. I lost weight when I went to Kailash Manasarovar and next fasting to experience the rituals)
    • Health is wealth
    • Your food you cook affect the thoughts. Vrat food brings in Satwic thoughts
  • Seva activities and Projects
  • Bhaja Govindam
  • Mother Easwaramma – Role of Women
  • Synthesis of the Major Religions
  • Imbibing of the 5 Human Values
  • Sai religion
  • Festivals celebrated in Prashanthi Nilayam with the legends and Divine Discourse.
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