Journey of a Soul
Journey of a Soul is a refreshingly innocent account of the author’s month-long stay in Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram in southern India. With candor, humor and a child-like devotion, she portrays in her own unique style the frustrations, the setbacks and awakenings of all seekers who are on the path to Self-Realization.
by Rajeshwari Subramaniam
ISBN 9748668-2-2; 5 x 7 paperback; 73 pages; color photos.
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Excerpts from Journey of a Soul
Excerpt: “Who will want to read it, Swami, and what will I even call it?”
I gasped, as I heard His prompt inner reply, “Journey of a Soul.”
“Every living being in this world is knowingly or unknowingly on a spiritual pilgrimage.” —Baba
Thank You for bringing me to Your Prashanthi for my seventieth birthday.
Excerpt: Thursday, July 22, 2004
This morning as I was in the bathroom feeling quite complacent over the fact that I had managed to rid the house of the bug community and made it look quite cozy, I saw something big and brown scuttling outside the bathroom door into the next room. Of course I shrieked unrestrainedly and ran out to check what it was. My first thought was, “it’s a mouse”! But Baba, my Beloved (please forgive me for my revulsion), it was the most gigantic cockroach I had ever seen in my life. To make the shivering horror worse, it was the winged species. Without a moment’s hesitation my slipper became a frenzied attack weapon. I would like to think that I was simply instrumental in liberating it from its low life incarnation. Don’t smile now, Swami. The upadesam (instruction) You gave Arjuna was somewhat along these lines, wasn’t it? You are still smiling and silent! Oh alright. I admit I am only trying to justify my “heinous” act. Only You can help me get over this unreasonable horror that I have for creepy crawlers.
Excerpt: Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Beloved, You must have been tired. You left early this afternoon—even while the two students from Your music school were singing so beautifully. You have given Darshan unfailingly for the past seventy years. I love You and thank You for Your unconditional love. Some of us come to see You not so regularly and then scramble and squabble over where we sit. It seems like we are not here for Your Darshan, but we are here to give You our Darshan.
Swami, my Beloved King, thank You for healing me of “line fever.” When I get line one, I am happy beyond words, but I am equally content wherever You seat me. Just to be in Your divine Aura breathing the same air that You breathe is the greatest Blessing of my Life. Today when You went by, I breathed in this incredible sweet fragrance of jasmine and sandalwood.
This evening I was invited to dinner at Thanam’s. She had made “string hoppers!!” with murungakai curry, chothi, and a sambol. My favorite meal. It was so delicious, Swami! You do truly take care of every tiny little detail for me, my precious Sai Ma.
Excerpt: Saturday, August 14, 2004
Precious Lord, four more Darshans left. . . . This morning I beheld You from a distance, but it was still a glorious Darshan. After Darshan I took the mosquito net which I never used and donated it to the Sai Hospital. From there I went to visit the Chaitanya Jothi Museum. There was one particular picture of You, when You were very young, which mesmerized me! I stood looking into Your eyes, and those eyes looked into my Soul—my very Being, and I dissolved into your Sai-lence. That heavenly Sai-lence is still within me.
About the Author
Rajeswari is a single mother, blessed with four children and five grandchildren. She is a Montessori teacher by profession and was owner/administrator of her own Montessori school for 25 years.
Rajeswari has been on the spiritual path from a very young age and continues onward. Journey of a Soul is her first book. It is a refreshingly innocent account of her month-long stay in Sathya Sai Baba’s ashram in southern India.