Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Lists of my blog posts dealing with my experiences with Sathya Sai, and my spiritual journey in general

Last updated on Dec. 21st 2016

Recently I was asked by somebody about my experiences with Swami (Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba). I said that I have blogged most of it and that I could point her to those of my blog posts. That led me to do to a quick (and so not so thorough) viewing of my blog including the partially done Table of Contents page, to identify which posts had some content related to my experiences with Swami. Note that most of these posts are not focused only on my experience with Swami - they have other content too.

I must also say right away that my physical form Swami experiences/interactions have mostly been facial/body gestures of Swami to me usually at fairly close distance of around five to ten feet, or his public discourses heard live by me in his presence, where he cleared specific doubts of mine (I believe that he would simply know such doubts of mine without me saying it to him verbally). I did not desire to get close physically to Swami but typically sought only his directions/advice to me as a Guru to a spiritual aspirant via his facial/bodily gestures and public discourses, which he gave me very well. I have not had any interviews with Swami and Swami has spoken to me in person only once at which time he said only two words, "Very Happy". I hasten to add that later on he did get angry with me on a few occasions with his gestures clearly showing his displeasure with me then.

20 Posts having some content dealing directly with my experiences with Swami

1) One cannot hide anything from Swami; Sathya Sai Baba, the Dharmaadhikaari i.e. Great teacher/giver/authority of Dharma (Ethical living), http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2014/11/one-cannot-hide-anything-from-swami.html

2) I am just a beggar at your door, Swami (Sathya Sai Baba), http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/04/i-am-just-beggar-at-your-door-swami.html

3) My personal experiences & views about Sathya Sai preparing devotees for post-Mahasamadhi phase, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/06/my-personal-experiences-views-about.html

4) I am I; Moksha, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/i-am-i-moksha.html

5) My bookish views on Enlightenment/Self-realization/Moksha/liberation; Related Quotes of Sathya Sai Baba, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/my-bookish-views-on-enlightenmentself.html

6) Sathya Sai: no concessions on discipline; no reduction of rigour to suit your level, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/sathya-sai-no-concessions-on-discipline.html

7) Sathya Sai in 2000 interview: Swami lives inside our hearts; no need to go anywhere, even Parthi, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/03/sathya-sai-in-2000-interview-swami.html

9) My view about many-interviews, many-spoken-interactions "VIP" devotees and "form boys" in last eight years of Sathya Sai physical presence, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/my-view-about-many-interviews-many.html

10) Some people felt more connected to Shirdi Sai than Sathya Sai; Impact on followers is a big legacy of a spiritual master, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/07/some-people-felt-more-connected-to.html

11) Physically close missionary staff of Sathya Sai and non-missionary sadhaka-devotees/sincere devotees of Sathya Sai, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/09/physically-close-missionary-staff-of.html

12) Why were some unpleasant/unethical people present around Sri Sathya Sai Avatar?, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/07/why-were-some-unpleasantunethical.html

13) Claimed paranormal connections via mediums to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Splinter devotee groups, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2014/07/paranormal-connections-via-mediums-to.html

14) Sathya Sai teaches lesson to Kasturi on not interfering with karma of others in Prasanthi Nilayam, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/11/sathya-sai-teaches-lesson-to-kasturi-on.html

15) A Five Year Inner Journey (Puttaparthi, November 2007), http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/07/a-five-year-inner-journey-puttaparthi.html

16) A Cultured Lady Devotee's Experiences of Shirdi Sai and Its Similarity to Sathya Sai Devotee Experiences, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2014/01/a-cultured-lady-devotees-experiences-of.html

17) Satyameva Jayate; Sathya Sai Baba on Truth; White Lies in India, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/09/some-thoughts-on-satyameva-jayate.html

18) Sathya Sai's exact response to prayers, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/01/sathya-sais-exact-response-to-prayers.html

19) Sharing experiences of Sathya Sai Avatar may be of great benefit to future generations of Sai devotees, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/09/sharing-experiences-of-sathya-sai.html

20) My comment responses to Ms. Yaani Drucker on so called Sukshma Baba (Muddenahalli subtle body) [See the blog post comment exchanges. One of my comments there refers to my Naadi reading and relating it to my 'doubt' issue with Swami.], http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/09/my-comment-responses-to-ms-yaani.html

===== END OF LIST OF POSTS with direct experience of Swami===============

But as I was going through the posts of my spiritual blog on Swami, I thought of also noting down some other posts related to my spiritual journey in general. Prior to that list I have mentioned two special posts below.

a) List of posts of this Spiritual blog with autobiographical content, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/07/list-of-posts-of-this-blog-with.html

b) About my writing; Intellectual and emotional rewards of public writing, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/07/about-my-writing-intellectual-and.html

51 Posts not directly having matter about my experiences with Swami but which are either related to it or have content about my spiritual journey with Sathya Sai fraternity or my spiritual journey in general:

1) Swami (Sathya Sai Baba) made Jesus, Rama and Krishna real for me, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/02/swami-sathya-sai-baba-made-jesus-rama.html

2) Some Shlokas from Chandogya Upanishad VI chapter including Tat tvam asi (You are That) Mahavakya, and comments on it, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/03/some-shlokas-from-chandogya-upanishad.html

3) My family history and how we moved from traditional South Indian Brahmin occupations to others over generations, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/07/some-info-and-speculation-about-my.html

4) My frank mail exchanges about Sathya Sai Baba Mahasamadhi (April 24th 2011) at that time, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/04/my-frank-mail-exchanges-about-sathya.html

5) Expression of Thanks to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/04/expression-of-thanks-to-bhagavan-sri.html

6) Sathya Sai Baba on examining the Guru before accepting him (or her), http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/04/sathya-sai-baba-on-examining-guru.html

7) Need to move from physical form Sathya Sai to mental-form Sathya Sai or formless God Within, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/05/need-to-move-from-physical-form-sathya.html

8) Sathya Sai Baba wanted people to be happy and not show/have 'castor oil' (sad/downcast) faces, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/05/sathya-sai-baba-wanted-people-to-be.html

9) Sathya Sai Baba: My Glory lies not in millions who flock to me but in stopping ..., http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/05/sathya-sai-baba-my-glory-lies-not-in.html

10) One is Lucky if one's mind is fed up of worldly objects; Sannyaasa Yogam (good fortune to be a renunciant), http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/06/one-is-lucky-if-ones-mind-is-fed-up-of.html

11) The importance of feelings in spiritual endeavour, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/06/the-importance-of-feelings-in-spiritual.html

12) NEVER become a Guru Drohi (Traitor) to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/06/never-become-guru-drohi-traitor-to.html

13) About ONE God/Spirit formless/with-form, and interventionist God, and Loving God unconditionally, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/05/about-one-godspirit-formlesswith-form.html

14) Should we follow spiritual path that Swami told somebody else to follow?, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/07/should-we-follow-spiritual-path-that.html

15) Young (boy) Sathya Sai on Craving of ascetics for disciples, and on the power of Faith in God, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/08/young-boy-sathya-sai-on-craving-of.html

16) Fond memories of ISKCON, Juhu, Mumbai; Great Bhajan by Loknath Swami; ISKCON, Chowpatty, Mumbai; Radhanath Swami, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/09/fond-memories-of-iskcon-juhu-mumbai.html

17) Can an uncanny and unmistakable sign in outer world confirming a thought in one's mind, be viewed as Swami's approval of the thought?, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/09/can-uncanny-and-unmistakable-sign-in.html

18) About creation, or more specifically, the idea of being created (identification with ego) and (idea of) being separate from God, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/about-creation-or-more-specifically.html

19) Volunteer (free) service builds character; Religion is three-fourths character, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/volunteer-free-service-builds-character.html

20) How money can corrupt spiritual radiance in spiritual institutions, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/how-money-can-corrupt-spiritual-fire-in.html

21) Sathya Sai Baba: Chinna Katha on who is bigger, sannyasi (renunciant) or samsari (family person), http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/sathya-sai-baba-chinna-katha-on-who-is.html

22) Sathya Sai Baba: Evil spirits have power to masquerade themselves as Gods (Do not get cheated by these spirits. Beware!), http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/sathya-sai-baba-evil-spirits-have-power.html

23) My comments on miraculous events related to Sathya Sai Baba in devotee's home, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/my-comments-on-miraculous-events.html

24) Simple living in Prasanthi Nilayam (Puttaparthi) Ashram Sheds/Halls; Seva Dal experience, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/10/simple-living-in-prasanthi-nilayam.html

25) Our subtle essence is God/Sathya Sai Avatar but Sai devotees are not Sathya Sai Avatar, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/02/our-subtle-essence-is-godsathya-sai.html

26) An exchange on need for proof/evidence for belief in God/mystical powers, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/11/an-exchange-on-need-for-proofevidence.html

27) The Five HUMAN Challenges to Overcome in Spiritual Missions: Jealousy, Inbreeding, Groupism, Personal Agenda & Politics (JIGPP) - Part 1, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/12/the-five-human-challenges-to-overcome.html

28) The Five HUMAN Challenges to Overcome in Spiritual Missions: Jealousy, Inbreeding, Groupism, Personal Agenda & Politics (JIGPP) - Part 2, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/12/the-five-human-challenges-to-overcome_13.html

29) The first notable/remembered exposure I had to Shirdi Sai Baba via Amar Akbar Anthony film song, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/12/the-first-notableremembered-exposure-i.html

30) Will Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba approve of a man of nearly mid 60s marrying a woman in her twenties?, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/01/will-bhagavan-sri-sathya-sai-baba.html

31) The shock & trauma of watching a loved one battle the dreaded disease, Cancer, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/02/the-shock-trauma-of-watching-loved-one.html

32) Avane kattindu azhattum - Let him get tied up and cry: Ramana advise to scholar about ashram manager position tussle, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/02/avane-kattindu-azhattum-let-him-get.html

33) Considering oneself accountable to Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at formless level, and to future physical form Prema Sai Baba, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/03/considering-oneself-accountable-to.html

34) To be a Hindu, doesn't one have to be born a Hindu?, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/03/to-be-hindu-doesnt-one-have-to-be-born.html

35) Does Swami (Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) speak through each and everyone of us or just some people?, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/03/does-swami-bhagavan-sri-sathya-sai-baba.html

36) Different types of truth wrt Muddenahalli belief: My part of comment exchange on it, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/03/different-types-of-truth-wrt.html

37) Recent Gold Sarva Dharma symbol and ornamental engravings on Sathya Sai samadhi, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/04/recent-gold-sarvadharma-symbol-and.html

38) An Indian Software Techie's (My) Material and Spiritual Journey So Far, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/06/an-indian-software-techies-my-material.html

39) Sathya Sai: Contemplation of death is foundation of spiritual discipline; without it, man will identify with false sense-pleasure world, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/07/sathya-sai-contemplation-of-death-is.html

40) How and why I became a whistleblower and publicly named and exposed few persons in Sai university, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/07/how-and-why-i-became-whistleblower-and.html

41) My 2011 Dharma Sankat (Ethical Dilemma) about HOD opposition to my Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini and other IT work in the Sai university, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/10/my-2011-dharma-sankat-ethical-dilemma.html

42) Phyllis Krystal's former Guru, Nyaya Sharma in Bombay, died around 1973, due to black magic attack on him!, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/12/phyllis-krystals-former-guru-nyaya.html

43) If what Baba says is different from what our heart/conscience says, what should we do?, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/12/if-what-baba-says-is-different-from.html

44) Dombivli (E) Hanuman Mandir: Fond memories of it as Sathya Sai samithi would have Thursday bhajans there, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/08/dombivli-e-ram-mandir-fond-memories-of.html

45) New Age spirituality; Golden Age predictions; My belief system being anchored in Hindu scripture endorsed by Sathya Sai, and Sai literature, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/11/new-age-spirituality-golden-age.html

46) What is Swami's (Sathya Sai Avatara) mission? Why do you say Swami's mission isn't over yet? http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/11/what-is-swamis-sathya-sai-avatara.html, Nov. 2015

47) Should people who are fed up with Muddenahalli group confusion in Prasanthi Nilayam consider moving out of Puttaparthi?, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/04/should-people-who-are-fed-up-with.html

48) My May 2012 service record & record tampering related correspondence with Sai university (SSSIHL) administrators, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/11/my-may-2012-service-record-record.html

49) Path of Prema (Love) even without any Advaita Self-inquiry takes one to Sai/God, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/06/path-of-prema-love-even-without-any.html

50) Now I am more into deep Faith rather than Vedanta/Sufism/Mysticism; Pastor Norman Vincent Peale was a strong influence on Mr. Donald Trump, http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/07/now-i-am-more-into-deep-faith-rather.html

51) Sathya Sai: Love everyone but don't trust them; increase faith in your Self (Atma); Having big cars is not greatness; we should demonstrate sacrifice; sacrifice leads to liberation; http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2016/02/love-all-but-trust-none-especially.html


A link to this blog post got put up here: The Spirituality Daily of Dec. 20th 2016, http://paper.li/GoodBlogPosts4/1310134784?edition_id=c6d96a10-c6e0-11e6-a091-002590a5ba2d, under the Leisure category.

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