A Guest Blog by Sreenidhi from Muscat, Oman.
Sreenidhi is a 17 year old Bal Vikas student. She shares her views of the first book about Swami written by a Sai Student.
The meaning of classic as Wikipedia puts it is “an outstanding example of a particular style, something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality.” A “classic” does not necessarily translate to “favorite” or “bestselling”. A piece of writing is instead considered classic when it has stood the test of time; and it stands the test of time when the expression of life, truth, beauty, or anything about the universal human condition – continues to be relevant, and continues to inspire goodness, no matter the period in which the work was written.
Today, I would like to celebrate in words a book that I will cherish as a ‘classic’ that has been Divinely ordained to inspire hearts to seek God – Memoirs of a Sai Student is that classic book that my heart longs to write about. Memoirs of a Sai Student is first of its kind, a complete book which has been authored by a Sai-student, Aravind Balasubramanya.
For those that are unaware, the term “Sai” here refers to the one whom the author considers his Guru, God, Guide and best friend, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The very purpose of this book is to serve as an elixir to every soul that aspires to live, re-live and experience the bliss of living with Swami and be a recipient of the purest form of love from Love itself. One is sure to experience that euphoria of watching Swami walk, talk, gesture, look and smile and yearn for more because of the simple, yet impactful and animated narrative that helps us visualize and materialize Swami right before us. Also, Swami has assured Brother Aravind that the more he shared with the world his experiences with the Divine, the more he would be showered with experiences.
This book so ebulliently takes us through the journey of a boy who was shown God by his parents and who thus began pining to be close to God right from his childhood till he entered the portals of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning where he was taught and moulded by God to become a true Sai Student. And that journey from being a student of His school/college to being His student, a Sai student hasn’t been a smooth ride (Yes, being a student of Swami’s Institution and being Swami’s student is different). I would rather call it a roller- coaster ride that had Swami and this boy in it. There were ups and downs. There were situations that he was posed with wherein he wished Swami wouldn’t see him during Darshans! (You must read the book to know why) But what ultimately mattered was that Swami was there with him throughout to bring a happy ending to the roller coaster ride. That is nothing special because, with Swami, all of us know that it is always a happy ending. It is just that every happy ending is a unique one, making us witness and get overwhelmed by one of many facets of our dear Lord each time.
Aravind’s journey as a Sai-student began when he joined the Sri Sathya Sai Vidyapeeth in Calicut, Kerala for primary education and then joined the prestigious Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School in Prashanti Nilayam. He went on to do his Bachelors in Science with specialization in Chemistry from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning for which he secured a gold medal. He continued to complete his Master in Science (Chemistry). By then, the desire to stay with his Bhagwan was so strong that he went on to do his Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Through these years, he was the recipient of experiences galore- experiences that every reader would be able to relate to.
So own a copy and get on the roller-coaster ride. You will have tears of sorrow, tears of joy, tears of gratitude, smiles, laughter and many more emotions but most importantly, with each word you read you will pine more for Swami, need Him more, love Him more and deserve Him more for hasn’t Swami told, “If you need Me, you deserve Me”?
This book was released on October 10, 2013 and it was on 12 October, 2013 that Swami blessed this book with His signature (Vibhuti appeared in the book which was placed at the altar in Aravind’s home)! Well, see for yourself our Lord Sai’s signature :-).
Memoirs of a Sai Student is now available in paperback version and e-book version.
E-book version – Available for download on Amazon website.
Paperback version – Available at the SSSBPT (Sri Sathya Sai Book Publications Trust)
main book stall and its other ashram stalls at Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram. Orders can be
placed by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within India, delivery including postage is Rs.75.
Overseas delivery, including postage is Rs.275.
For queries regarding bulk orders to different Sai Centers, please write to email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org.