I sat in the nearly depleted darshan hall (not many here at the present moment, but then that is due to change, the Sai Paduka Trust is coming up from Madurai next week) I looked at Swami as he began walking down the red carpet from Poornachandra to give Afternoon Darshan. Yesterday I was reading Paramahansa Yoganananda and Sri Aurobindo on Avatars. I began to think about Swami as Avatar as he entered the hall. Swami is not what I think about him, Swami is what I know about him and that is based on my experience.
The peace continues as Swami walks on. Moves further up, and by this time I became aware that my mind had stopped completely as I was observing Swami. It was a distinct stillness and peacefulness. My chatterbox silent, my energy rich and vibrant yet quiescent, my presence complete, in an oddly manner. Hard to say. Am I describing sat-chit-ananda? Perhaps, as that is the question I began with. How do I know Swami? By his own quality of Sat-chit-anand as he has just revealed in this darshan.
It seemed to me afterward that Swami heard my question and answered it.
Now we will be taking a break from writing of Ashram visiting, and resume when the inner resident prompts.
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