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Swami: Oh! You have come! I was watching for long whether you have come or not. I knew you are a person who comes punctually. Glad to see you.
Bhaktha: Whatever else I may disregard, will I disregard Your command,
Swami? In fact, I am eagerly looking forward to the sixteenth of every
month to meet you. What greater happiness can I get? What better food
can I take?
Bhaktha: Swami, last month You said something about 'Chith' and You were
pleased to say that You will explain more about it this month. Since then,
I have been counting the passing days in order that I may know about if
from You. The day has come at last. Please tell me about it.
Bhaktha: It is only be understanding that, isn't it, Swami, that one
can ever be immersed in thoughts of Sai, the Lord, giving up all other
activities and duties? Had I not understood that much, I would have wasted
this precious time.
Bhaktha: Swami! To practise the divine words too, the Lord's grace is
the basic need, just as for everything else. Without that, nothing can
happen. It is ever-present, as You said. Just as the sun is hidden by
fog, grace can be obstructed by the darkness of 'I' and 'mine'. But these
can be overcome by practice and discipline. That is why if we understand
well the meaning of what we hear and follow, it is so easy. This is my
experience; I do not know of others.
Bhaktha: Swami, we are like lumps of iron; the Lord is like the magnet.
Both are related to each other. But if that lump of iron has to be changed
into an article of use in God's hands, it has to be heated in the fire
to anxiety and beaten by the hammer of pain, so that it may obey and respond.
So, in order to shape lumps of iron like us into instruments, You have
to take much trouble. You have said that this is Your mission. Now please
tell me about the 'Chith' which You mentioned last month.
Bhaktha: I have heard the word, Swami. When I studied grammar I learnt
that the opposite of Prakriti is 'Vikriti'.
Bhaktha: Vikriti means, Vikaaram, changed, transformed, ...derived. Agni
is the original; Aggi is that derived word. So, too, Jama is derived from
Yama, Janna from Yajna, and so on.
Bhaktha: How is that, Swami? Vidya is effulgent in the Lord and Avidya
is apparent only because of Vidya. That is to say, the universal cosmic
principle is in the Lord, and this universal principle itself appears
as individual different from individual (by the external characteristics
of name and form, the appearance of individuals is caused). This Avidyasakti
or the power of ignorance also manifests as an inseparably entity. For,
the Lord is the only existence. Therefore, that one existence is the basis
or foundation for the universal and the particular, the totality as well
as the apparent parts. This is Your meaning, isn't it, Swami?
Bhaktha: Oh, what fine teaching! Just like giving unto the hand a fruit
peeled and ready to eat! This manifested total cosmos or Purna arose out
of the Purna of unmanifested indivisible reality, this is what you spoke
of, is it not?
Bhaktha: It is all like nectar, Swami. But so far you have not told me,
who I am?