Just imagine, if today, I were to proclaim,
Please allow me to elaborate.
“Oh mind (people)! Incessantly meditate on the feet of your Master. That alone will aid you across the ocean of worldly existence.”
Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam
Dusthara Bhavasaagara Tharanam
That was how Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba began what He called His mission. And the followers and devotees started flowing. Along with these followers and devotees also came the critics. The critics could not simply stand the ‘fact’ that a human is God! They felt that it was a pompous boast.
Looking back at the life of Baba, I feel that if only He had called Himself a saint or a man in touch with God, the critics would not be so many in number or so vehement in their venom. Even if He had said that He is one with God for He realized the Divine, people would have been less critical. But that was not to be so! In fact, Swami went a step ahead to say,
“I am God. And if you seek within you will realize that you too are Divine.”
|Even Jesus was not spared from stoning because|
Jesus replied, “The Father and I are one.” (John 10:30)
Hearing this, some of the people picked up stones to throw at him. Jesus asked them,
“I have shown many good works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?”
“We are stoning you not for doing a good work”, they replied,“but for blasphemy; though you are only a man, you claim to be God.” ( John 10:33)
Jesus answered them,
"Is it not written in your Law, 'I have said you are gods'? (John 10:34) If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside (John 10:35)
"Thou blasphemest because I said I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works; that ye may know and believe that The Father is in me, and I in Him"
and I thank a Christian reader for researching and sending this over to me.)
Mansoor began to experience and realise in himself. His greatest words were "Anal Haq", meaning, "I am God." Although they expounded only the doctrine of the oneness of God and the Unity of the soul of man with the One, they became the cause of his sufferings, persecution and, ultimately, his death too. The entire Muslim belief opposed Mansoor. None could understand the meaning of his words. He was called a Kafir by all who heard him. The learned scholars tooopposed Mansoor and scorned his ideas. They all gathered and sent an appeal to the Khalif(king) urging strongly that Mansoor should be hanged. His friends sincerely implored him not to speak blasphemy and to fear God. Mansoor was driven to despair but He did not stop declaring the Inconvenient Truth.
It was a brutal torture that he had to undergo before he was killed by being cut into pieces. Swami tells the story with great poignancy. He says,
“Even though his limbs were chopped off, he kept saying 'Anal Haq'. And once he died by hanging, every drop of blood from his body was proclaiming , ‘Anal Haq’. The same was heard from the trees, the bird, the very skies themselves. That is when the Khalif repented his act and felt ashamed of his scholars.”
The "torture-specialist" was now furious! He arranged that every day for some days, early in the morning, one hundred and eight pots of cold water were to be poured on the scalp. That, too, was done. His armoury was now almost empty, and the "evil spirit" that possessed the boy had not admitted defeat; it had not shouted that it would leave him and go elsewhere! He then beat Sathya on the joints with a heavy stick to drive out what he called "stag fever" when the boy moved about, and "rock fever" when the boy was quiet!
|Little Sathya underwent great torture but never budged from his stance of "I am God".|
Swami, a little lad of 14 then asked,
"Even after seeing all that fortitude and that miracle of a young boy passing unscathed through all that terror, you are not now convinced that I am Sai Baba. How then would you have reacted if I just made the Announcement one fine day? I wanted to make known that I am Divine, impervious to suffering, pain, or joy."
“Truth fears nothing. Untruth shivers at every shadow”
Imagine someone came and told us,
“Our tests have shown that sugar is not sweet. Sugar is in fact bitter to taste.”
Our reaction would be one of shock and total disbelief. We will state back,
“Sugar is sweet. And it is sweet for you too if only you place it on your tongue and experience it.”
|What if someone says that scientific experiments prove that sugar is not sweet to taste?|
“If you do not accept that sugar is not sweet, we shall torture you and harm you.”
When we perceive a threat to ourselves, we think,
“Why should I simply get hurt in the process. I’ll save myself the pain by simply nodding to what they say.”
For one moment, imagine if the threat was like this,
“If you do not accept that sugar is not sweet, we shall break a chair... then break a table... and then break some houses.... and then break etc. “
Our response will be,
“Break all that you want. Do what you want. As far as I am concerned, sugar is sweet. As long as you don’t threaten me, I shall stick to my guns.”
And therein lies the answer. Be it Jesus, Mansoor or Sathya Sai, their response to those that opposed the Inconvenient Truth was,
“Break all that you want. Do what you want. As far as I am concerned, I am God. As long as you don’t threaten me, I shall stick to my guns.”
But the only difference was this - They knew that they could never be threatened because their body for them, was like what a chair or table is for us. And that is why they could say,
“Break this body if you wish, but I shall stick to my guns because you will never be able to threaten ‘ME’! For I am not the body, not the mind but the eternal Atma (Soul/God/Spirit).”
The scriptures say, “Na Brooyath Satyam Apriyam” (Never speak the unpleasant/inconvenient Truth). But in a time when Asatyam has become Priyam(Untruth has become convenient/pleasant), I guess we need to face this Inconvenient Truth for after all it is THE TRUTH! That Truth is our True Identity!