|An artist's impression of the second coming of the Christ.|
(Actually the advent of the Father of Christ...)
(My belief that 24th April 2011 is a day of His ‘departure’ was shattered through a miraculous experience that happened exactly an year later - on the 24th of April, 2012. Swami showed that it is a day to mark His ‘arrival’ into our homes and heart(h)s!)
You just have to do an internet search for the term, “The Second Coming” and in a span of 0.36 seconds you will see nearly a billion results hit your computer screen! That should suffice to say that it is an intensely discussed and possibly debated topic. There are interpretations galore. Such was the abundance of the interpretations offered that I decided to go to the actual ‘Book of Revelation’, the final book of the New Testament, credited to the apostle, John. Again, there are so many versions and I referred to the King James’ version of the Bible, chapter 19. What I found there simply thrilled my heart. The reference to the descent of the Father of Christ or the “King of Kings and the Lord of Lords” was so wonderful. (Christ is considered as the son of God by John.)
And here, I shall present these as stated in the Bible and any Sai devotee will immediately grasp the cause of my wonder, thrill and joy. (The relevant passages from the Revelations have been presented in bold.)
|The Kalki Avatar in Kashmir.|
Swami indeed is here, waging a war - a war like one that the world has never seen before. Swami says that the weapon He has come armed with is that of Love. As He revealed during His Shivarathri 1955 discourse
“In this Avatar, the wicked will not be destroyed, they will be corrected, reformed and educated and led back to the path from which they have strayed. The white ant infested tree will not be cut: it will be saved.”
19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Does this need any explanation? Anyone who has looked into His eyes has been warmed in the heart with the twinkle there. But still, anyone who has looked into His eyes has come to know of the fiery determination and fire that resides there! It is a ‘scientifically accepted fact’ that the physical characteristics of a person derive genetically from the family. But one close look at the beautiful mop of hair on Swami’s head, you will realize that none in the whole world has hair of that kind! Ah! What beautiful curls! A poet once described them as a million crowns.
|The sparkle in the eyes and the 'crowny' hair are there for all to see!|
Nobody had the slightest inkling of the name ‘Sai’ when the little boy Sathyanarayana announced himself as ‘Sai Baba’! The identity and name was revealed by Swami when his father, crazed by the miraculous powers of the boy, asked him at the point of a stick, “Tell me who you are?” The name was not given out in a matter of fact manner! The boy threw jasmine petals in the air and they fell on the ground, neatly forming the letters in Telugu, “SAI BABA”.
“What should we do then?” was the question of the stupefied father.
“Keep your houses clean. Worship me on Thursdays”, was the stunning answer!
19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Yes! Swami has worn different colored robes. But any time He wore something in yellow, white, pink or maroon, all of us have clapped and smiled in great joy for it would be an exceptional occasion. The rest of the time, for daily use, it has always been the ‘vesture dipped in blood’! It is interesting to note that it was not Swami who 'chose' to wear the saffron-red robe. In the late 1940s, when hundreds of people began gathering at Puttaparthi during festive occasions, a few devotees requested Swami to wear something distinct in appearance and colour so that He could be easily identified in the crowd. Thus, Swami was requested to wear the 'vesture dipped in blood'.
19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
I feel sad for those that have not come to know of the Second Coming. I feel sadder still for those that are aware but have not made efforts to find out more. I feel saddest for those that neither know nor feel the urge to know but simply criticize and pour out anger and hatred. So sweetly has Swami said,
“Come, see for yourself, experience and then believe.”
If only one could be a bit more scientific even in these matters and allow experience to decide things rather than just an empty ‘theory’ or ‘belief’! I just feel that instead of being irrationally rational, we need to be a bit rationally irrational!
|The armies in white - with the students of the first batch of MBA, 1986.|
"He who has sent me shall come again."
It was during a discourse on Christmas in 1972 that Baba pointed out a very significant thing:
The statement of Christ is simple: “He who sent me among you will come again!" and he pointed to a Lamb. The Lamb is merely a symbol, a sign. It stands for the Voice---Ba-Ba; the announcement was the Advent of Baba. "His Name will be Truth," Christ declared. Sathya means Truth. "He will wear a robe of red, a bloodred robe." (Here Baba pointed to the robe He was wearing!). "He will be short, with a crown (of hair)". The Lamb is the sign and symbol of Love.
Personally, am so thrilled to have been part of the Second Coming. And I continue to be so...