About the middle of April, as I went up to bed to sleep. I was sitting on the bed and I communed with the Higher Self. A random question arose in my mind as to why God is not recognised when He takes on an earthly body. The answer was instantaneous, I was told that those whose hearts are opened will recognise God. As I pondered on this, I was told that, when your heart is open you will always recognise God in whatever shape, or form He chooses (there is no gender). God can take any name, or form. If your heart is open then you will recognise Him.
Meeting God in India
I remembered an incident many years ago, when Swami (my Guru, God and Guide), told me in my meditation, that I should go round South India and that He was coming with me. Ranjana and I took the train, and when we entered the border of Kerala state (where my parents grew up), the train stopped at the first station in Kerala, called Palghat. I heard a blind lady singing a song in my native language (Malayalam). Although, I wasn’t fluent in Malayalam, I understood what was being sung. My heart opened and tears flowed. I knew I was in the presence of God, but all I saw was this blind old lady. My wife found me crying and wondered what was happening to me. I remember feeling confused and looked for any signs that this blind old lady was Swami, to confirm my feelings. Two weeks later, when I was back in England, I had a dream where Swami showed me that he was that blind old lady.
God is all-pervasive. It is based on this that the Veda declares, Sarvatah Pani Padam Tat Sarvathokshi Siromukham,Sarvatah Srutimalloke Sarvamavritya Thishtathi (with His hands, feet, eyes, head, mouth, and ears pervading everything, God permeates the entire universe). You may hoodwink anyone, but not God. He is always watching you. He is the eternal witness. He is present in you, just as the power of vision resides in your eye. Not even a blade of grass can move without His Will.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai (Sathya Sai Speaks, Volume 32)
Aren’t two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already.
Matthew 10:29 (Common English Bible)
I realise that everything is ordained by God and that there is no coincidence. Take the present situation with the corona virus (covid-19) happening now. It is here to transform people’s perception. The virus has brought out the fear in people and in the leaders in many countries. The decision makers are trying to control the virus, perhaps they believe by using a vaccine they will control the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, whatever their beliefs are, or whatever conclusion science has come to, it does not take away the fear, or the fact that this is a chance for us to grow and gain wisdom. I believe that people are given the opportunity to become aware that everything is happening for their own spiritual evolvement. I know that the leaders of this country mean well, taking into account the scientific knowledge available at present, to make their decisions. There will come a time, when they will realise that no amount of control on their part will change the inexorable will of Nature (God) and what’s ordained. God, will always prevail.
The majority of people are concerned with their self and there are very few who are concerned about the welfare of others. This corona virus is an agent of nature forcing people to transform. It is a transformative agent of Nature, to make people become more loving and giving to each other. Those who have been transformed will be of benefit and service to society, giving to others unconditionally. For some, it is a time of pain as they lose their loved ones. Sadness arises as a human condition, because of our attachment to our families and friends. It is a means of experiencing life and all the lessons life has to give. How do you gain you wisdom without experience?
However, no one dies, only their bodies cease to exist. We are not the body. The body is an apparel we require, to experience this plane of consciousness. It is temporary. The people who have passed on have moved to a different level of consciousness and may have completed whatever they have come to do, or learn. So, when we cry, who are we crying for? The answer is, we weep for ourselves, because the entity we knew does not exist physically anymore and we won’t be able to communicate with that individual on a physical level. However, they still exist for us, as we still have our memories of them. It is best to accept that they have left this plane of existence, but with the consolation and gratitude, for the memories they gave us. The experiences gives us the opportunity to learn our lessons and gain our wisdom. This will open our hearts.