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Dr T Ravi Kumar - The Lord’s Divine Touch: My Experiences in UK and Europe

Dr T Ravi Kumar, Associate Professor and Warden,
Brindavan Campus, SSSIHL India

Dear Sai Brothers and Sisters!

In the months of April and May 2013, I had the immeasurable good fortune of visiting Sai centres and giving talks, on my experiences with Bhagavan, at various locations in the United Kingdom and in Switzerland. It was a delightful and richly rewarding experience for me. As Prof Kasturi, in one of his poems, would say “ What do they know of Puttaparthi, who only Puttaparthi know!” Travelling through the various centres I was amazed at the varied and numerous hearts our Lord has touched. Even though He had not visited these regions, physically, the tremendous impact, His Presence on planet Earth, and on the lives of so many human beings of varied tastes and temperaments, preferences and professions is mind boggling. Wherever I had the previlege of visiting and speaking, I noticed the immense love devotees of Swami have for Him. It was so evident in the tears that glistened in their eyes as they heard the stories( Leelas) of the Lord. The feebleness of the narration of the speaker and the limitation of the lexicon of the English language did nothing to diminish their eagerness for hearing more and more !

The Universality of the Message of the Avathar and its relevance in all climes and countries was very evident. I noticed that devotees in all parts of England and the wherever I went in Europe, sincerely sought to put into practise the message of Sai; that they would change their life styles and patterns of thinking to live the Sai way of life, was both a humbling and uplifting experience.

It was also particularly fulfilling for me to see the students – many of whom I had taught – occupy pivotal positions of responsibility in the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation and carry out their duties with humility, sincerity and deep devotion. I was also able to witness first hand the tremendous Love the devotees have for the alumni and the support they extend to them in the discharge of their duties.

Striking a personal note, I must express my gratitude to the innumerable devotees [ and ofcourse my very Dear Students!] who drenched me in the deluge of Sai love. I was welcomed with great affection and respect into the homes of devotees I had never met before like a family member - ofcourse I was one! This brought to my memory, the immortal lines of the famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore:

Thou hast given me seats in homes not my own. Thou has brought the distance near and made a brother of a stranger.

Having had the great good fortune of being contemporaries of the Sai Avathar, let us nurture the flame that He has lit in our hearts till it becomes a conflagration reducing to ashes the materialism so apparent in this age. We, Humans as a race, have predominantly forgotten that the primary purpose of our existence is seeking the Divine within and in the world around. The practise of the Sai message is the only panacea for all the ills that plague our societies and communities. May the tribe of those practise the Universal message of Love and tolerance increase . Let us, as children of Mother Sai, lead the world, to the pellucid waters of peace.

Let us live our lives for His pleasure!

With Loving Pranams at The Lotus Feet.
T.Ravikumar, Brindavan