Mahasamadhi - celebration or mourning
Today is the 2nd anniversary of the Mahasamadhi of our beloved Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba varu. While there are tributes pouring in from all sides, it behoves us to ponder upon what exactly we are doing on this day!
The word 'Samadhi' means to be equal minded and certainly Swami as I call Him, was equal minded even when He was physically present. Why call the day of leaving His body as Mahasamadhi? Should we mourn the physical departure of the Lord in human form or should we rejoice the union of an individual soul into the infinite? These questions have been rambling in my mind since morning and I prayed since it has been my habit to pray when in confusion. In the silence that ensued, I felt the following truths unfold - some of which were interesting indeed. So, I decided to pen it down lest I forget.
Firstly, it is for the struggling soul which is pining to merge back into the infinte that we say that so and so has attained Samadhi. Swami was not that soul. He was the goal into which all such souls merge. He was the infinite which came down among us to show us the way. His departure is a mourning for those who lay too much emphasis on the physical and too little on the spiritual.
Secondly, it is a day on which we should rejoice the fact that the Lord of the Universe came down amongst us, walked with us, talked to us, held our hand and led us to the right path. It is the day when millions of devotees across the world will sit in silent prayer and express their gratitude to the most magnificent Avatar in terms of outreach and ease of access. Isn't such a day a day of great joy? Why mourn?
|I was then in Shirdi, now at Parthi but truly speaking, I reside|
in the eyes of My devotees the moment they think of Me.