By : Swami Shantananda Puri
(Source – ‘Fragrant Flowers’)
Walking past a bookstore in Guangzhou, China, a lady I know glanced at the display of newly released books in the front window. Her attention was drawn to a picture of Shirdi Sai Baba. Stopping, she studied the face more closely and spontaneously began to weep, overcome by an unexplained emotion. Composing herself, she continued her walk, but within a short distance she stopped again and was drawn back for a second look at what had so moved her. Again, tears came to her eyes as she entered and purchased a copy. That book was ‘Incredible Sai Baba’ by Arthur Osborne.
Dramatic as this story is, is it not unique. I have heard similar accounts and in fact, my own introduction to Sai Baba was much the same! I was drifting aimlessly when I came upon Sai Satcharitra and my life radically changed course. It was as if a door had opened, inviting me into another realm. My Guru, Swami Purushothamananda remarked, “It is because Sai Baba has put his ‘vibrations’ into it!”
What did my Guru mean by that? Just as we know spoken words convey a speaker’s consciousness, so too does the written ‘voice’ reveal an inherent character. Some immediately attract us like iron filings are attracted to a magnet while others do the opposite, repelling us. That woman in China was sensitive to Sai Baba’s ‘magnetism’ which awakened long buried feelings and ‘memories’.
The analogy of a magnet is particularly apt in the study of spiritual pull. In Physics, proximity to a strong magnet converts an iron piece into a magnet. Similarly, subtle pranic currents influence our senses.
Magnetism is the secret of all spiritual and material success and is within our power to increase or change. We draw to us those people, circumstances and opportunities with which our karma resonates. Ask yourself, “To what am I magnetically attuned?” Prosperity and health come not by karma alone but also by our power of our attraction. Change your magnetism and you will change your life.