By : Sri Narasimha Swamiji
When we look up at the night sky and think about how far away all the stars and planets appear, we may feel small and alone. The universe is so large, and we are so small. However, our body contains the entire macrocosm; it is the residence of divinity, for Sai Baba is within us. Hence, we are not alone. Our physical body may be small, but our soul is one with Sai Baba.
As we gaze at the night sky, we are reminded that we are mortal, that we do not know where we come from and where we will go when we die. This makes us pause in our busy life. When we realize this life is transitory, we start to turn our attention to something lasting. We begin to wonder about the immortality of soul and Sai Baba. We begin to wake up.
We also realize that the time we spend with our loved ones is precious. We look at those we love, whether our family or friends, and know that this moment when we are together will not last. It may make us value those we love more and recognize how important they are to us.
We often take those we love for granted and when they are no more, we regret not having expressed our love for them. Everybody needs to hear from loved ones that they are loved, valued, and appreciated. It is not to boost their ego but an expression of love for one another.
At times we are struck by how close the stars appear. However, billions of people overlook an even greater sight to behold. Sai Baba is closer to us than the stars and planets. Everyone is gathering to view the stars, but how many make the effort to witness Sai Baba?
Sai Baba does not need to be seen from millions of miles away or with a telescope. Sai Baba is within us, nearer to us than our beating heart, and is in our very breath. Sai Baba does not orbit away from us but instead, is appearing within us at every moment of our life. It is only we who do not make the time to find Sai Baba.
We find people going out in the wee hours of the morning – while the sky is still dark – to look at stars, but how many are awake in the wee hours of the morning to look within to find Sai Baba? If we want to see really spectacular sights, we should behold the brilliant and dazzling colors and light within.
As we gaze at the night sky, let us acknowledge the spiritual messages the stars bring to us: One, we are not going to be here forever. We need to make the best use of the time available to us. Two, we ought to value the loved ones with whom we share our lives. Three, far greater than the sight of seeing stars without, we can see the glory of Sai Baba within.
Through meditation, we can enjoy a better spiritual vista than any possible in this outer world. As we sit in meditation to see the stars, moon, and sun within, let us also see the Light of our Soul and the Light of Sai Baba within.