Lesson 9: I see nothing as it is now.

The wind was moody today as I walked back to the fields. It quarreled loudly with the things in its path noisily. After tightening the turban on my head, I wrapped the shawl closer. Then the mind began to whisper lies. “The crops will spoil this year as well. The rains haven’t come for two …

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Of Special Relationships and Oneness

Baba:- On the topic of special relationships, wanting specialness and belonging, I want you to understand that when I said you are not special, but you are all special to me, I also meant 'you all belong to me, God.' Everyone belongs to me. If you look deeper, you will see that all times, the …

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Lesson 7: I see only the past

Ouch! Holding on to the stubbed toe, I hopped to the sofa and collapsed on it. Vigorously rubbing the throbbing toe, I tried to wean some pain out of it. The dammed table. It was always in the way. It was too big for the room. I growled at it. I hated it. From the …

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I am never upset for the reason I think

Lesson 5: I am never upset for the reason I think Lesson 6: I am upset because I see something that is not there Walking up to the cupboard, I clutched the money tightly. As I kept it inside the safe, I couldn't help but wonder if the money I had just withdrawn would be …

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Lesson 4: These thoughts do not mean anything.

It was with unnecessary force that I pushed the pump of the kerosene stove. It was already past tea-time and my tongue craved its sweet acidity.  For a few days now, I had been expecting the gas cylinder to finish. It finally gave up its last fumes now. Just before the tea began to boil; …

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Why does the game exist?

Baba, if all this is a dream, an illusion, then why create something? Why choose? Why gift a human the potential of choice, of creation? Sai Baba- Because that is how the manifested world works. Since, there is a belief that you exist, there has to be a choice. The whole ‘game’ here is to …

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Are you dis-spirited or inspired?

When something doesn't go our way we feel gloomy. We lose hope, we feel discouraged. This often translates to a very physical feeling of fatigue and exhaustion. What we are feeling is dis-spirited... without spirit. We feel abandoned, we feel a sense of loneliness. Contrast this with the the state of creativity. Creation is the …

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Lesson 3: I do not understand anything I see

“Three, two, one, lift,” Mr. Nair instructed. Our hands wrapped around Dad’s hips, his hand across each of our shoulders, we hoisted him up to a standing position, before carefully helping him into the bed. I watched Mr. Nair carefully adjust a pillow for Dad and check if he was all right. I turned to …

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Lesson 1: Nothing I see means anything

The whirring of the mixer startled me. I had just sat down to meditate! Ignoring the irritation trying to make space in my mind, I tried to focus on my breath. No. It wasn’t working. Walking to my desk, I picked up the headphones and turned on my favourite meditation music. Ah, this was nice. …

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Talk to me about prayer

Tell me more about prayer and devotion, Baba? Sai Baba- When most people sit in front of God, they go with a long list of demands, wishes and desires. Even as you pray, you are running through other chores in your head. This stream of thoughts generated by your desires, experiences, needs and wants is …

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