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From the Poets

Dear Readers! The Bhagavad Gita describes the Lord as Kavi, the Supreme Poet, and the entire creation as His Poem. Our beloved Lord, Bhagawan Baba, himself began his every divine discourse with a short but spellbinding poem that condensed profound spiritual truths into simple a nutshell, instantly elevating our consciousness into the Light of higher wisdom and joy. Bhagawan also honoured and encouraged many famed poets in his divine presence, where they assembled with devotion and offered their labours of love during various important occasions. Bhagawan says that true poets are the pioneers who mark out the road for human progress along the lines of love and unity, and with their sharper vision share the divine quality of knowing and recognising the next step (SSS 5-48).

Through this special feature, we hope to bring to attention such poets and their poems for our benefit. If any of you feel inspired and wish to share a poem composed by you, then please mail to poems@srisathyasai.org.uk

Sathya Sai Speaks – Waves of Eternity

Sathya Sai Speaks – and, what do we hear
When we listen alert, in joy, to Him?

We hear the Voice of the Vedas, God’s own Breath,
The cheer that is showered by the epics of yore
The soothing balm that heals our wounds
The Counsel that whips us to waken and work
Lessons which teach us the Atmic science
From Him they heard from, then.

We hear the gracious words He spoke,
To many a saint and monk, many a seeker keen,
In distant times and climes.

We hear the parables of Galilee, of Arab shades;
We hear the tales of twenty lands,
To probe us on the onward march to Him.

We hera of prophets, Priests and Kings,
Simple folks and sages, young and old –

We hear the echoes of Chaitanya’s kirthan call,
Of Moses, of Jayadev, Mira, Kabir –
Echoes rebounding from his reciprocating Love.

We hear, as we listen, temple bells and gongs,
Conches and the drum, the choir resounding in the aisles,
Filling fragrance, faith in the recesses of our hearts.

We hear the first little stir, the cosmic sigh,
That caused this multimillion maze.
We hear the twinkle, the stellar swish,
Of His Mighty Will that fills the sky.

We hear the waves of eternity lapping our littleness –
We are eternal – when we listen to His Speech.
For, listening to that Voice, the Om that weaves the Universe,
We merge….in Him.
We cannot but; He thrills us, enthrals us……so.

N. Kasturi
Prasanthi Nilayam

Professor Kasturi (1897-1987) is the author of Bhagawan Baba’s biography Sathyam Sivam Sundaram. He was an ardent devotee who stayed in the divine proximity for 40 years and witnessed many glorious leelas and mahimas of the Sathya Sai Avata. He was the Editor of Sanatana Sarathi from its inception in 1958, and had the rare privilege to translate the written and spoken Words of the Divine – i.e all the Vahinis and more than twenty of the 42 volumes of Sathya Sai Speaks into English).