SATHYA SAI BABA'S CELESTIAL THRONE
Om Sai Ram Beloved Embodiments of Sathya Sai Baba
I had a beautiful, heavenly dream this morning, June 4, 2018, I would like to share with you, but first let me provide some details surrounding and leading up to this dream.
Last weekend, I attended the Sai Region 3 Retreat in Birmingham, Alabama. The theme of the Retreat was Duty, Discipline and Devotion. We were very fortunate to enjoy some very prominent guest speakers: Dr. Michael Goldstein, Dr. Joe Phaneuf, and a divine personage from India, Dr. Gyamsto. Dr. Gyamsto's sublime voice and melodious bhajans, many of which were composed by him, drenched us in double dipped nectarine sweetness. He shared his divine experiences interspersed with celestial songs which I am sure, angels and deities of other realms also relished.
Dr. Goldstein has not been active lately, so it was a pleasure to hear his eloquent and uplifting discourses. Dr. Phaneuf blessed us with interactive communication workshops.
I was surprised and very happy to connect with some devotee friends from Little Rock, Arkansas now living in Alabama and Gainesville, FL. They were an integral part of the elaborate planning and execution of the entire Sai Retreat.
At the conclusion of the Retreat we were blessed to participate in a talk given by Dr. Bhaskar summarizing the theme of the Sai Retreat, Duty, Discipline and Devotion. Some of the ideas that came up during our discussion were: 1) Duty depends on our different roles in life and how to execute these roles successfully and with right action. This talk stimulated me to examine my primary roles in life and note what improvements could be made. 2) Discipline encompasses order and regulation and is a very vital step for successfully performing our various roles in life. 3) Devotion simply put is awareness of God. Indeed! Swami has said: "When you spend your hours in thoughts about God, you are also free from evil ways. You will not be tempted to abuse others or harm them in any way. You will live in love, accepting all the events of life as His gifts." Sathya Sai Baba
I returned home from the Sai Retreat with renewed spiritual vigor and enthusiasm. Yesterday, I worked almost all day on my newest painting. At the end of the day I still had some housework to complete which I did not feel at all like doing. I thought about Prashanti Nilayam and how orderly and neat Swami kept the ashram. Every evening the canteen was swept and mopped with diligent duty, discipline and devotion. I took a deep breath, summoned the energy and finished my housework offering it all to Baba.
Afterwards, I drifted off into a peaceful slumber and had the following divine dream: In the dream I was in what looked like a combination church and temple, people from various countries and places strolled through this divine sanctuary. Towards the front of the building there was a stage that resembled Sathya Sai Baba's dais in Prashanti. In the center of the dais was His beautiful chair adorned with ornate wood carvings and rich red velvet cushions. Myself along with some Sai devotees from the Palm Bay Sai center were busy doing work in the front area.
Uncle Buddy (the host of our local Sai Baba Center in Palm Bay, FL) said to me. "You were sitting on Sathya Sai Baba's throne, when we first came in."
"What?" I said shocked by this revelation. "I don't remember doing that. I would never do that."
"Yes," Uncle Buddy insisted. We all saw you sitting there for quite awhile."
I looked at Uncle Buddy completely befuddled. "How could that be, I have been working right here with you and the other devotees all this time, unless I went into a trance or another dimension."
The other devotees in the group also confirmed that they saw me sitting on Swami's red throne.
Our conversation was interrupted by a Japanese group inquiring about something. Then, as the dream started to fade, I stood on the Prashanti dais with Uncle Buddy, we could see the sun rising, softly spreading golden pink rays over the distant horizon. "It's okay," Uncle Buddy, said with a wise smile, "Just enjoy the sunrise."
This incredible dream made think of the 2007 USA interview with Sathya Sai Baba:
Someone asked, "Swami what message can we take back with us to the USA?” Swami repeated, “God is in you. He is not separate. I am with you, in you, around you!” The man added, “Swami, I know that I am God, but I do not feel it.” Swami replied, “That is your imagination. You are thinking with your head, not your heart.” “You are not the body, you are not the mind. You are the Atma (Soul). The one you think you are is the body. The one that others think you are is the mind. The one you really are is the Atma.”
~Sai Rapture, P. 148, S. Tomlinson