THE CHARIOTEER OF THE VEHICLE OF YOUR LIFE
Innumerable are the instances when God has converted a 'stormy tornado' of someone's life into a 'serene sea' when they allowed Him to take over the reins of their lives.
Dr. Y S Thathachari, a dedicated biophysicist who had worked for some years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and after that at Stanford University and the University of California, suffered in 1960 'aggressively malignant and metastasizing tumors in the skull, the neck, the ribs and the hips, the cancer having the features of both Ewing's and Reticulum Cell Sarcoma.' It was a death sentence enveloped in medical abracadabra!
Prof. Kasturi reports in Sathyam Shivam Sundaram. The surgeon finally told him, 'Sir, miracles do happen. We hope such a miracle would happen to you.' This was in 1962.
The couple returned to Madras (now Chennai) and the doctors in Madras pronounced that even the liver is now affected with cancer. "In 1965," Tathachari says, "I felt like seeking the blessings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, following a chance reference by a friend. Baba blessed me and my wife and directed us to go back to Stanford, continuing the Endoxan, if I wished to do so.
In 1970, when I approached Him again, He asked me to discontinue all drugs and dietary supplements. He gave me an assurance of cure and dispelled that ever-present dread of recurrence." Thathachari later pursued his teaching assignment and research projects in America with undiminished zeal. The 'miracle' had indeed happened.
The reason we quote this particular incident, though there are innumerable of such 'divine graces' happening anytime all over the world, is to bring to attention a few powerful and profound words that Bhagavan wrote to him many years later.
"Busy yourselves with the duties which are entrusted to you, in good spirit and fine health,"
"Sai is ever by your side. He is the charioteer of the vehicle of your life. The ship of life, however heavily loaded with the cargo of joys and sorrows, can certainly arrive at the harbor of self-realization, if it is propelled by holy mental energy. Repetition of the Name is the 'dug-dug-dug' of the pistons; the steering wheel is love; the anchor is faith. Continue the journey in confidence. Sai is always guarding you from harm and pain…Swami is constantly showering His compassion on you. He counsels you from within and corrects you. On your part, be immersed in the duties entrusted to you; remember, that is Swami's work. When you discharge your duties, convinced that the work is mine, health and happiness will be added unto you."
Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, in so many comforting sentences, conveyed how glorious one's life can be if He is made the Charioteer. It is these sweet and soothing words of the Lord, dripped in divine selfless love, which are His most potent weapon to induce man to pause, reflect, reform and then reestablish himself in peace.
Written By the Late Prof. Kasturi
Om Sai Ram
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