Some reflections after releasing the book

Sreejith Narayan 

With Swami's Grace, after releasing the book “Sai Thy Kingdom Come” I have been receiving overwhelming number of wonderful feedbacks. It is a really amazing feeling to know that I am not alone in this line of thought. In fact, now I feel that a large part of Sai devotees really have faith that Swami will return in the same form as Sri Sathya Sai Baba.   

Even though minimal, I have also received some dismissive feedbacks. A few have vouched bluntly against Swami’s return claiming that they already know Swami will come back only as Prema Sai.

In the grand scheme of things, even the major points in their argument against His return are so miniscule compared to the act of return itself. As an old saying goes, if an elephant can easily pass through the needle’s eye, why worry about its tail getting stuck in it? Even the devotees who do not believe in His return shouldn’t discount that possibility since with Swami anything is possible. Anyways, I feel obliged to answer some questions regarding the book. 

Have I unlocked the mystery? I certainly do not claim so. But my faith says He will return and if you look close enough, the writing is on the wall too. My conviction apart, the book advocates a very strong possibility. And the clues lie in Swami’s own words. I have not said anything new about Swami in the book that the Sai devotees do not know already. However the Sai literature is a vast ocean and it is very difficult to see all His relevant statements in one place. This book is a humble venture into putting together those bits and pieces into a definite shape. We have heard the story of seven blind men who spoke of the elephant (I can’t seem to get past this big guy!) as a pillar, a fan, a rope or a wall, because they contacted but a part and could not comprehend the entire animal. Alternatively, if an eighth blind had tried to talk to the other seven and put together the information received, probably the picture would have looked atleast a little more closer to the elephant than that of a pillar or a rope. So I believe that information is indeed beneficial if only it is used in the right manner.

Some point to Swami’s discourses where He says “body is not permanent” as a sign that He would not come back. But my counter is that He was anyways going to come back as Prema Sai, wasn’t He? That body is also not going to be permanent? That doesn’t mean He will not come back as Prema Sai, would it? 

But what I really cannot accept is when people ask, "Swami has already given us everything, so does it matter whether He returns?". Well what about the rest of the world who missed His beautiful form and a chance to see it? Especially since Swami's earlier statements point to such a golden opportunity that is available for the whole world and not just 1% of the population as it is now? Don't we care about the rest of the world? My faith in Swami does not depend on His return. But I do care about the world and I really saw in Swami's words, such a world-scale transformation that He would bring about while still in His body. So I care and pray for that to happen. 

Some others say, we need to go beyond the attachment to His body. I agree. In my belief, that is exactly the reason why Swami has forced His temporary disappearance on us. We should all try to get over the attachment to His body and go beyond that to realize Him in each and everything. We know that Swami will go out of His way to guide a sincere sadhaka and what more do we need than to have the Lord Himself as our teacher and guide? I am certain that no one would stop their inner journey and everything else in order to wait for the return of the Lord. Rather, the book was written so that all of us can intensify our sadhana and prepare ourselves for the ensuing Golden Age. Because that is what He has urged us to do. 

The day of awakening is not so far away and when it comes there will be a revelation of the true power of God, a manifestation of the omnipresence of the Lord. This will be the signal for a great move forward and the weeding out of those who are not ready to accept the challenge of the moment…It will be like a new age, the age of love, harmony and co-operation replacing the age of war, fighting, hatred, jealousy, greed and all those negative aspects of life. Everyone should prepare NOW for this change, for I promise you that it will come, and only those who are ready will survive…I have given the warning, I have given My message a thousand times and no one who hears My words can claim ignorance. Do not delay action to put right your own life style and to change it to the way of God. There is no other way. (Sai Messages for you and me, Lucas Ralli,  Vol 1, Part 2)

How can we be ready? Only by intensifying our sadhana. The impetus that I receive by thinking of His return itself gives me unimaginable power within to wake up and tread towards that goal. Then how can I not share that with others? How can I not have published this book?


Anonymous2014-09-02 21:48#
As devotees, maybe we can train ourselves to go beyond the physical form, see him in everything and know in our hearts that HE can transform even without a physical form. However, the rest of the world that He has said will get transformed doesn't have the same luxury - of reliving and cherishing moments with the Avatar and using those as a strength going forward. For the rest of the world to be transformed, He will come again.
You are right - it is not what Swami has given ME or for MY sake that I wish He comes again. It is for the world to see him and feel the same bliss and joy and rejoice in his Truth, Love, Divinity and Beauty.

Commented in STKC blog on June 29, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Sreejith Narayan - STKC
Sreejith Narayan - STKC2014-09-02 21:48#
Very true...

Commented in STKC blog on June 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Raviji2014-09-02 21:49#
So so true bro.......and I anticipate this too.

Commented in STKC blog on June 29, 2012 at 2:31 AM

J. Bruni
J. Bruni2014-09-02 21:49#
A devotee can ask him/herself: "How would Swami like to be His devotee reaction upon receiving the news about the possibility of His return?"

Well, maybe it depends on HOW are these news arriving, and from WHERE.

In this case, this book is a research one, and the author is a devotee, so the answer is "from the research of a devotee".

Maybe if I heard someone merely speaking about the subject of Swami's return without further justification, I wouldn't take it seriously. But I have READ the book. And this is my first point: many are creating opinions about the book without reading it. This is ridiculous, specially when you just READ THE BOOK, because then we see that the book is more a REPORT than a "guessing" or "wishing" or "inventing" things. The author has just collected information and glued them with a perspective in mind: Swami's return.

Will it happen or not? I don't know. Let me only repeat my opening question: "How would Swami like to be His devotee reaction upon receiving the news about the possibility of His return?"

Think deeply about this question. And consider: have you read the book? No? So, don't create opinions about a book if you have not read it. Yes? So, if you admire the research, you are like me and a lot of others. If you didn't like, then let me ask again: "How would Swami like to be His devotee reaction upon receiving the news about the possibility of His return?"

Well, I don't know the answer, but I feel that He wouldn't appreciate talking ill about it, or denying to the limitless God this possibility. I am not saying He will return. I am just saying that, in my opinion, to rant about this book denotes a weak devotion.

I have seen several arguments in favour and against the book, and I sincerely feel all the arguments against it to be weak and flawed. I think it is not correct to say that He will return or that He will not return. Nobody knows. So, to attack the book saying it is wrong and that it is not possible, considering all the "clues" studied, is like saying "I know Swami's Will, and I can set a limit on what He can do or what He can't". It is very important to bold the word POSSIBILITY, because the author never claims it WILL happen, it only claims it is HIS BELIEF. At least, we should RESPECT it.

I admit I can be wrong. This is just my opinion, that I KNOW all true devotees will consider with LOVE, even disagreeing with it.


Commented in STKC blog on July 3, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Sai Das
Sai Das2014-09-02 21:50#
If it doesn't come to be, then none of our lives will be any different than they are now. However, if it does come to be, no one's life will be the same.

Commented in STKC blog on July 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Salvatore2014-09-02 21:50#
Dear Sri Narayan I fully agree with you and your humble way of saying "it is my belief and the possibility of Swami return". From my personal point of view no one has the authority to deny what you say, because the Lord can do whatever He likes...even reappearing not only in one body, but in many bodies. We should always remember as Sai devotees that He is God...and God does whatever has to be done according to His will. God is above the law of nature, so He decides if to stay in the law or to go beyond it.
Om Sri Sai Ram

Commented in STKC blog on January 27, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Sreejith Narayan - STKC
Sreejith Narayan - STKC2014-09-02 21:51#
Sairam dear Salvatore, Thank you for your inspiring comments that really echo my own thoughts on the subject.

Sairam all, Thank you for all the support and the wonderful comments.

Commented in STKC blog on January 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Lrao2014-09-02 21:53#
So true.... Swami's charitra or story is replete with examples where he has transcended (which is a silly term in itself, because it implies that He ever was subject to it!) the so called laws of nature. It is all in His hands - law, nature, universe - He controls ALL. So what makes us doubt that He continues to do so, and therefore can take the same form again, if He wishes to?


Commented in STKC blog on July 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

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Sreejith Narayan - STKC2014-09-02 21:54#
Sairam Lrao..Very true.
Sammy2014-09-02 21:54#
True indeed! It is one thing "going against the laws of nature" and another, "going beyond (transcending) the laws of nature". Our perception of nature is what we experience through our limited senses and Swami's life has been one of going beyond these limitations. Sometimes people who are too physically "close" to the Light (Swami) can be the ones who are blinded. There creeps in some egoism and a presumption to wisdom.

Commented in STKC blog on May 12, 2014 at 10:53 PM

J. Bruni
J. Bruni2014-09-02 21:55#
Indeed... the most impressive thing in the possibility of His return is not even the fact of His reappearance or not, in my humble opinion... it is the fact of some "devotees" discarding this possibility as "impossible", as if there is anything "impossible" for the Lord.

I don't know if He will return publicly reincarnated in the same form or not. I just know that if this is His will, of course He can and He will do it. If it is not His will, if this is not His Sankalpa, then it won't.

So, the true question is not if He can or He cannot, or if it is possible or impossible. Of course He can and it is possible! The true question is if it is part of His Sankalpa or not.

This is where His Words and His Mystery leave us on expectation: none can know until He appears again - later as Prema Sai, or sooner as Sathya Sai again!

Truth is that I wouldn't be expecting anything if I had not read the "Sai, Thy Kingdom Come" book. The study presented in this book is very cool, intelligent, and based mainly on Swami's own words. After "waking up" for Swami's own message and words regarding His body, brilliantly focused by the study in the book, my soul is happy and engaged on being part of this most magnificent fact in the History of our World!

I know "the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:6) - and this would be the main explanation of Swami NOT returning.

Why? Because according to His own "letters"/words, as the study in the book reveals, we can promptly engage ourselves on prayer, namasmarana and seva, preparing ourselves for His imminent return!

Thank you.

Commented in STKC blog on August 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Sreejith Narayan - STKC
Sreejith Narayan - STKC2014-09-02 21:55#
Sairam J.Bruni..I completely agree. Thank you for your kind words regarding the book.

Commented in STKC blog on August 6, 2012 at 7:13 AM

SHEELA PILLAI2014-09-02 21:56#
Bhagawan is, mind one and all, no human being but the God Almighty Himself. His Divine Sankalpa can make Him accomplish the impossible, including His return in the same Physical form. By His Divine words highlighted by the rational study evinced by in the book SAI, THY KINGDOM COME, regarding His return in the same form, one and all can expect prayerfully HIs promised return.

Commented in STKC blog on May 13, 2014 at 3:50 AM

LRao2014-09-02 21:56#
Thanks for re-posting, Sreejith. I was in Parthi recently on the Aradhana Mahotsavam day, and the first bhajan sung was "Brahmanda Nayaka Baba....." :). I smiled to myself - we sing so many bhajans professing His glory, that the entire universe is in His hands, but many don't believe what is sung in bhajans.

Re: Lord Krishna's Govardhanagiri story, I am always reminded of a very sweet little incident from Swami's life that Sri Kasturi outlines in 'Easwaramma the Chosen Mother" -- Smt. Venkamma's family (Swami's oldest sister) was building a home with mud walls and a thatched roof. Just as they were building it, ominous clouds appeared in the sky, threatening to undo all their efforts. The family scurried around, trying to find coconut leaves to cover the new walls and roof. Just as they were doing that, little Sathya stood with his tiny palm facing the sky, and called out to His older sister, "Venkamma, vaana raadu" -- "Venkamma, it is not going to rain". And, the rain clouds stopped instantly. The new home was saved from dissolving into a puddle of mud by the little palm facing the sky.

There was another incident where Sri Kasturi was giving a talk as a precursor to the divine discourse. As people were sitting and listening, and heavy clouds threatened a downpour, Kasturi was anxious that all will get drenched. Even as he spoke, his mind was on the clouds and the imminent rain. In the discourse that followed, Swami lovingly mocked Kasturi's fears - [paraphrased] - this Kasturi doesn't believe that Swami can take care of the rain; even as he talked, he was worried about the rain.... Swami said. Will Swami let that happen? He asked. And....he took care of his devotees. There was no rain, even as all were resigned to a drenching.

Sorry for getting carried away :) -- every little incident should remind us of the glory of the Brahmanda Nayaka as written/read/seen/experienced. Else, what is the use of being contemporaries of Bhagavan.


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leog182014-09-02 21:57#
Everything is Himpossible :)

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Anonymous2014-09-02 21:57#
There was a child that died and after 12 years was resurrected - I cannot recall the story of who/ when etc.. but I know I read it - Jesus died rose 3 days later - Shirdi BABA died and rose 3 days later - BABA WILL RISE - TIME FOR HIM IS UNIMPORTANT IN THIS EVENT BUT IT WILL BE HIS TIMING - Prof. Sri Anil Kumar Eminent BABA's close companion for years - THE MAYA OF BABA GODS BODY IS SO GREAT - that devotees forget HE is GOD and so become engrossed in the FORM and so think BABA is like any other SWAMI that is in INDIA and has left - so that why they do not believe BABA RETURNS - it can happen to any of us if we spend that much time with the FORM - also many people became disillusioned and their hope /faith was traumatised so there is pain that stops the belief of return -WE PRAY FOR BABA TO COME - TO GENTLYPICK UP THE FALLEN - EMBRACE US ALL AS HIS/HER CHILDREN AND RE-ESTABLISH DHARMA AND PEACE FOR ALL LIFE FORMS - SAI RAM

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Sai Dav
Sai Dav2014-09-02 21:58#

It is not a question of BABA 9(GOD ALMIGHTY) can do BUT WHAT CAN HE NOT DO !!!!
I am whatever YOU think I am - BABA


Sai Dav

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Jim Martineau
Jim Martineau2014-09-19 03:15#
Wow. Very Powerful. Thank you for this.
Jim Martineau
Jim Martineau2014-09-19 03:36#
I love the quote of Sai by Lucas Rallim at the bottom. Very powerful.
Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly2014-10-21 11:46#
Beautifully stated Sreejith. I love how in your book you humbly laid out and clarified what Baba himself has said about the future. That alone tells us a lot. With the additional phenomena that have occurred during the writing of the book and since its publication there appear to be many confirmations of what is put forth in the book. And I love the compassion you have for the world. From a non dual perspective we can say the world is part of maya and being an illusion none of this matters. But Baba teaches us to be compassionate and your compassion for the world is a real expression of that principle. Sairam

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