Living in Sai Consciousness

Through SAITHREE

Dedicated at the Lotus Feet
Of our Beloved
Svaami
With Koti Pranams
by
Ghandikota V. Subba Rao

Guru Puurnima 1999

(based on a talk given in Thrayee Brindavan May 20, 1999)

Contents

      SAITHREE

Three Bodies and States

Linkage with Cosmic Divine Forces

Divine Universal Love Principle

Golden Linga emerges from Baba's mouth

The Hiranyagarbha Principle

Chanting SAITHREE

Sai Shivoham

Sai (Eeshvara) Gaayathree

Sai Suurya Gaayathree

Sai Hiranyagarbha Gaayathree

Sai Nondual Five-lettered (Panchaakshari) Manthra






SAITHREE

This Avathaar of Shri Sathya Sai has multiple dimensions, manifold powers, and multifarious manifestations. However, in this article attention is focused on three aspects of Sai consciousness culminating finally in the state of transcendental Consciousness (Thureeya). These three aspects are together termed SAITHREE.

Baba is the most Modern, Wondrous, Splendorous Manifestation of Divinity: He is the living, loving, lovely Lord right before us now. The question is how do we relate ourselves, on a daily basis, to this Fire of Spiritual Energy and Love-Incarnate, who is moving amidst us.

Three bodies and states

In Vedhik literature, there is a recurring theme of three types of forms:

  1. the outer - gross, physical, material - body (sthuula dheha),
  2. the subtle, inner - astral, subconscious - body (suukshma dheha), and
  3. the innermost and final form, the causal body (kaarana dheha), which is the subtlest manifested state.
We must try to separate and understand the scope of the three levels.

These three forms can be viewed as

  1. the body level;
  2. the psychosomatic level of the intellect, experience locked into subconscious, memories, and ego; and
  3. the causal vital-force (praanik) level, which exists in all the three states: waking, dream and deep sleep.
The individual or microscopic aspect of existence, at the body/waking level (involved with Karma), is called Vishva; the subtler astral body at the dream level is called Thaijas; and the causal (deep-sleep/unmanifest) life level is called Praajna. Aathma is the permanent feature of all these three states, and yet, it is apart and transcends the three into the transcendental super-conscious state (Thureeya), where, in an enlightened person in samaadhi, Aathma experiences Parabrahmam (the supreme Absolute Reality) directly. Aathma is the enjoyer of the three "lower" states mentioned above.

Linkage with Cosmic Divine Forces

Each individual conscious entity is also linked to the cosmic level: the collective macrocosmic level of all physical bodies (vishvas) is called Viraat; the sum total of all subtle bodies is called Hiranyagarbha, and the sum total of all causal bodies (Praajna) is called Eeshvara. The wakeful state (jagratha avastha) is the last state of evolution of the universe, but it is the first state in the order of involution. When we, as individual conscious entities, link ourselves with the cosmic Divine level of these three forms, we align ourselves with the respective causes and attain progressive emancipation from the endless cycle of birth and death (krama mukthi).

In the Rig-Vedha and Yajur-Vedha, we find hymns about the processes of creation. At the Cosmic, Praajna, level of deep sleep (the unmanifest or latent state), God is called Eeshvara. When the ideational principle takes effect, we have the Hiranyagarbha aspect. This is where the transcendental "waters" of creation become organized into life-supportive forces. Eeshvara manifests itself from Parabrahman, and Hiranyagarbha manifests itself from Eeshvara. Viraat
Manifests itself from Hiranyagarbha. Prakrithi or nature is the manifestation of Viraat. Prabrahman, the Supreme Cosmic Divine Principle inheres as well as transcends Its three macrocosmic states of Viraat (Cosmic Body), Hiranyagarbha (Cosmic Mind-Intellect) and Eeshvara (Cosmic Life). Thaijas is the "shining effulgence" corresponding, at the Cosmic level, to Hiranyagarbha. Hiranyagarbha is the In-dweller, the Inner Controller, the Antharyaamin; It is the thread that runs through all the flowers of the garland, the unifying principle of the individual with the collective, the Divine-Love Principle, the Suuthraathma.

Divine Universal Love Principle

The Brahma Suuthra is the cosmic divine thread of love, the cause of all causes of all manifestations. Here, there is no logic chopping; only the intellectuals are fond of that, as Bhagavaan Baba says. If you link the Self at the body level with the cosmos, you shall attain great expansion.

Through love, you multiply your power to the power of infinity. Such meditations are taught in the Upanishaths. First, link self with family; then, gradually, with friends, society, city, country, planet, solar systems, galaxy, universe (as in Jyothi/Light Meditation). Remember that the power of the microcosm is multiplied manifold as it links closer and deeper with the macrocosm.

The Purusha Suuktha of the Rig-Vedha tells us to link the individual with the cosmic at various levels, the physical level being the first. Then comes linkage at the mental level. In the super-conscious state, sages and yogis have had the vision of Hiranyagarbha (meaning golden self-shining seed force, from which are generated the universes). Consciousness persists through all the states of evolution/involution. At the Hiranyagarbha-Thaijas level is the spiritual heart, where one can meditate to foster the link-up with the divine cosmic energy.

All these forms relate to cosmic energies, which the individual links through meditation. This Hiranyagarbha or Supreme Love principle is the first manifestation from Parabrahman, the never-changing Supreme Being. As Bhagavaan Baba states, "I separated Myself from Myself in order to love Myself." From the Hiranyagarbha emanated the universes and, in the process, all the components of the cosmos. Macrocosm and microcosm have the same structure: The living cell (anda), human embryo (pinda), and cosmos (Brahmanda) are all egg shaped or linga shaped.

Golden Linga emerges from Baba's mouth

On Mahaa Shivaraathri 1999, Bhagavaan Baba came to emit from His divine stomach an effulgent golden Linga, exemplifying the divine love principle. Hiranyagarbha is divine love. Baba refers to mother's love, which transforms blood into milk for the baby's sustenance. We experience this loving-mother principle from the first day of our existence. Similarly, divine love emerges from the navel and rises up from the spiritual heart, on our right side.

I witnessed the emission of this Golden Linga from Baba's mouth on the last Mahaa Shivaraathri day.

Baba smacked the Linga three times on the stone ground, saying that Divinity is unbreakable because it expresses "solid" love! He said that this Hiranyagarbha Linga bestows spiritual power to achieve liberation. Love is the bonding and organizing principle of the universe, and of the microcosm. It interpenetrates everything. Sathya Sai is the Hiranyagarbha in an embodied form.

The Hiranyagarbha Principle

The epithets of Prema (love) and Sathya (truth) that appear in the Sai Hiranyagarbha Gaayathree are authenticated by the references to the Hiranyagarbha Principle in the Upanishaths, particularly Brihadha-aranyaka Upanishath. These are also authenticated in Baba's talks on Hiranyagarbha. The word "Sathya" is divided as Sa-Thi-Ya, Sa and Ya representing God and Thi symbolizing Prakrithi (nature). In other words, the Absolute Supreme covers the phenomenal middle; Nature is sandwiched between the Divine Principle or noumenon (the substratum of all phenomena) and the same Supreme Divinity.

1. Prema. It was in Delhi that I witnessed Baba as a great magnet of love power, drawing hundreds of thousands to Him. He is Love Incarnate. Hence, the first line of Sai Hiranyagarbha Gaayathree reads, Premaathmanaaya Vidhmahe. This means that we have come to realize that this SAI is the embodiment of Divine Love.

2. Baba is also Hiranyagarbha, with the shining golden love principle emerging from Him as a solid Linga. Therefore, the second line of the Sai Hiranyagarbha Gaayathree reads Hiranyagarbhaaya Dheemahi. This means that we meditate with all our heart on this golden-wombed divine Sathya Sai. In such a meditation, the feeling "I am linking with Sai Hiranyagarbha, the cosmic divine Mind and Intellect" should be evoked. Such a linkage is bound to greatly enhance our mental and intellectual energies.

3.The third line is the key to the Sai Hiranyagarbha Gaayathree. This Avathaar's name is Sathya, and He also stands by the truth principle. He is the God of Truth. It is said in the Upanishaths that the second name of Hiranyagarbha is "Sathyam". Hence, the third line reads, Thannah Sathyah Prachodhayaath. This means "May this God of truth and love lead us on the path of liberation."

It is important to mention here that I was extremely thrilled when Baba Himself graciously filled in this third line when I was groping for the right words.

The taking out of the Hiranyagarbha Linga by Baba has twin benefits: at the individual level, those who witness (or deeply meditate on) its emergence are freed from rebirth and, at the Collective or World level the birth of the Linga from the Divine Stomach results in the spread of Saathvik Love at a time when the world is engulfed in mortal hatred and violence. That is why Baba recently declared that He would be taking out Hiranyagarbha Lingas in future years. Enlightenment and liberation through LOVE is the message of Baba for the New Millennium. Love is the emanation of Truth. "Truth is the current and Love is the bulb it illumines. Through Truth you can experience Love, through Love you can visualize Truth" says Baba.

SAITHREE

The three Sai Gaayathrees, given below, are potent Manthras for facilitating the linkage of the individualized Self (Jeevaathma) with the Omni or Supreme Self (Paramaathma). Transformation through love must occur at all three levels --the waking, dream, and deep sleep stages. That is the Sai Vision for the new millennium. Take the example of a coconut. The hard outer shell is comparable to the waking or Vishva state; the soft kernel to the dreaming or Thaijas state; and the water, the innermost element, to the deep-sleep or Praajna state. Out of the water comes the kernel; out of the primeval waters arose the foremost or first principle, the Hiranyagarbha, who is called the first-born in the Vedhas.

Sathya Sai is also the Sai Suurya (Sun God). The Sun is the most impressive manifestation of self-effulgence in a physical form. Similarly, Sathya Sai Baba is the most powerful manifestation of divine energy in human form. That is why He rode the Golden Sun Chariot, symbolizing a historic event in the unfolding of the Sai Avathaar. As I watched that event on 22 September 1997, I was inspired to compose the Sai Suurya Gaayathree. This Manthra relates to the Viraat or body level in the Cosmic Form.

The Sai Hiranyagarbha Gaayathree Manthra flashed in my mind when I was contemplating on Sathya Sai emitting from His mouth the golden Linga on Mahaa Shivaraathri in 1999. This Manthra enables us to link with the Divine Cosmic Mind, i.e. Hiranyagarbha.

With regard to the Sai (Eeshvara) Gaayathree, which was revealed in 1977 by the revered Vedhik scholar Ghandikota Subrahmanya Shastriji, it serves as a bridge to the Divine Cosmic Life Principle of Eeshvara in SAI.

SAI (Eeshvara) Gaayathree

OM. Saayeeshvaraaya Vidmahe

Sathya-Dhevaaya Dheemahi

Thannah-Sarvah Prochodhayaath [Audio]

Best Chanting/Meditation Time: Dawn

Individual State Relating to Cosmic State: Praajna Eeshvara

SAI Suurya Gaayathree

OM. Bhaaskaraaya Vidhmahe

Sai-Dhevaaya Dheemahi

Tannah-Suuryah Prochodhayaath [Audio]

Best Chanting/Meditation Time: Noon

Individual State Relating to Cosmic State: Vishva Viraat

SAI Hiranyagarbha Gaayathree

OM. Premaathmanaaya Vidhmahe

Hiranyagarbhaaya Dheemahi

Tannah-Sathyah Prochodhayaath [Audio]

Best Chanting/Meditation Time: Dusk

Individual State Relating to Cosmic State: Thaijasa Hiranyagarbha
 



Chanting SAITHREE

Manthras are the bridges that enable us to cross from the individual to the collective and Divine Consciousness, so that we realize the totality of our Being. This is merging, or liberation (mukthi).

Brahma Muhuurtha, fresh from the deep sleep state of Praajna (early morning), is the best time to chant Saayeshvara Gaayathree, so that our causal body is linked with the cosmic life principle of Sai Eeshvara.

The waking state (jaagrath avastha), which is at its maximum at midday, is the appropriate time for chanting the Sai Suurya Gaayathree; and the right time for chanting the Hiranyagarbha Gaayathree is the evening, before we slip off into the "dream" state of Thaijas.

It may be noted that each of these three Manthras dedicated to the Lord Sathya Sai are in the holy Vedhik metre called Gaayathree ( the chanting of which leads to Liberation). Each Gaayathree Manthra consists of three parts, each part containing eight holy Vedhik letters, thus totaling in all twenty four letters (signifying the twenty four Cosmic life principles). The first part of each Gaayathree Manthra denotes adoration, the second part relates to meditation and the third part connotes prayer. Gaayathree stands for the Universal Mother Goddess principles of Life, Love and Learning.

The above three Gaayathrees constitute a single combined entity, which may be called SAITHREE, a term used by Bhagavaan Baba. This three-in-one sacred formula signifies the three Divine Glories of Shri Sathya Sai Baba as the Divine Governor at the gross level, at the subtle or psychosomatic level, and at the vital force or causal level.

SAITHREE, the triple Sai Gaayathree Manthras, which are dedicated to Bhagavaan Baba, are powerful aids to devotees in enabling them to live in Divine Sai Consciousness. Bhagavaan Sathya Sai, in accordance with His mission of making everyone realize their inherent divinity, multiplies the devoteesí capacities and faculties of perception, action, and response, and also energy levels, by purifying them and suffusing them through with Cosmic Divine Power through His unbounded Love and Absolute Eternal Bliss Form.

Sai Shivoham

This is the five-lettered Panchaakshari Manthra, which identifies oneself as none other than Sai-Shiva, the modern and yet primordial ancient principle of Divinity.

The meditations on the Saithree Manthras lead the aspirant to total enlightenment at the non-dual stage of Sai Shivoham, signifying the identity of the individual Self with the Divine Cosmic Source and Force represented by Sai-Shiva.

A tabulated elaboration of Saithree Manthras, along with their characteristics, appears in the following Appendix.
 
 


 

Sai (Eeshvara) Gaayathree


Manthra

OM. Sayeeshvaraaya Vidhmahe

Sathya-Dhevaaya Dheemahi

Thannah-Sarvah Prochodhayaath

[Audio]






Meaning:

We know this Sai is Supreme Divinity incarnate.

We meditate on this God of Truth.

May this Almighty Personality lead us

on the path of total liberation.

Concerns and Linkages (a) Body: Causal

(b) Sheath: Aanandhamaya (bliss)

(c) State: Deep sleep

(d) Aspect:

(i) Individual: Praajna (Latent/unmanifest State)
(ii) Cosmic: Svaraat/Eeshvara (Self-illuminating entity, reaching identity of the individual living being with the Cosmic Divine Self
(e) Level of consciousness: Deepest consciousness, attaining Saaruupya or essential equality with the Cosmic Divine Self.

(f) Manifest aspect of Divinity: Sai Eeshvara ( Sai as Supreme Divinity)

(g) Faculty/energy level: jnaana-shakthi (power of spiritual knowledge)

(h)Operational Value: Egolessness through self surrender
 
 

Revelation

 Time: December 24, 1977
 Occasion: Christmas Eve
Place: Thrayee Brindhaavan
Chanting time

Ideally, 4 AM - 10 AM (morning, on getting up)

Form of Meditation

Sathya Sai, visualized at the heart of the five-faced Vedha Maatha Gaayathree,

whose idol was installed by Baba in Prasanthinilayam.

Benefits/ Powers

Super-conscious illumination, culminating in bliss; Saaruupya (living in Sai consciousness

at the deepest level or totality of personality). Aanandhamaya: Bliss-filled form.
 


 

Sai Suurya Gaayathree


 
 

Manthra

OM. Bhaaskaraaya Vidhmahe

Sai-Dhevaaya Dheemahi

Thannah-Suuryah Prochodhayaath

[Audio]

Meaning

We know this Self-shining Being.

We meditate on this Divinity as Sai Suurya.

May this Divine Light

enlighten us on the path of liberation.

 

Concerns and Linkages (a) Body: Gross

(b) Sheath: Physical/Food

(c) State: Waking

(d) Aspect:

(i) Individual: Vishva (Embodied self in the Waking State)
(ii) Cosmic:  Viraat (Macro Cosmic Form: the Lord as the Manifested Cosmos.
(e) Level of consciousness: Consciousness of the outer world

(f) Manifest aspect of Divinity: Sai Suurya (Sun God)

(g) Faculty/energy level: Kriyaa-shakthi (Power of action)

(h)Operational Value: Self-sacrifice through service to others.

Inspiration

Time: 7:00 AM, September 22, 1997
Occasion: Sathya Sai riding the Golden Chariot
Place: Sai Kulvanth Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam

Chanting time

Ideally, 10 AM - 4 PM

Form of Meditation

Visualize Sathya Sai as riding the resplendent Golden Chariot
drawn by seven gold horses ( as in the picture)

Benefits/ Powers

Health, strength, skill, stamina, culminating in Saalokya

(Living in Sai consciousness at the Waking state)

Sanmaya: filled with existential reality.
 


 

Sai Hiranyagarbha Gaayathree


Manthra

OM. Premaathmanaaya Vidhmahe

Hiranyagarbhaaya Dheemahi

Thannah-Sathyah Prochodhayaath

[Audio]

Meaning

We know this Embodiment of Divine Love, Sathya Sai.

We meditate on this Golden-Wombed
Divine Personality.

May Truth-incarnate, Sathya Sai,
inspire us on the path of liberation.

Concerns and Linkages (a) Body: Subtle
(b) Sheath: Praanamaaya, Manomaya and Vijnaanama (Vital, Mental, and Intellectual)
(c) State: Dream

(d) Aspect:

(i) Individual: Thaijas (Embodied self-shining entity in the dream state)
(ii) Cosmic: Samraat/ Hiranyagarbha (sovereign or centrally-shining entity)
(e) Level of consciousness: Subconscious-psychosomatic Conscience.

(f) Manifest aspect of Divinity Sai Hiranya Garbha Lingam (Golden-wombed Divinity)

(g) Faculty/energy level Ichhaa-shakthi (Will power)

(h) Operational Value: Inner self awareness through Control of senses.

Revelation

Time: 6:15 AM, February 15, 1999
Occasion: Lingodbhavam (Emergence of the Linga)
Place: Sai Kulvanth Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam

Chanting time

Ideally, 4 PM - 10 PM
(Evening until sleep overtakes)

Form of Meditation

Visualize Sathya Sai as emitting the Hiranyagarbha Linga from His mouth)

Benefits/ Powers

Love and Truth, culminating in Saameepya (Living in Sai consciousness

at the inner, Heart level) Chinmaya: filled with God awareness.
 


 

Sai Nondual Five-lettered (Panchaakshari) Manthra



 
 
 
 

Manthra

Sai Shivoham
 
 
 
 

Meaning

I am the Supreme Cosmic Divine Self

(Sai Shiva)

 

Concerns and Linkages (a) Body: Berefit of body identification

(b) Sheath: Beyond senses

(c) State: Transcendental (thureeya)

(d) Aspect:

(i) Individual: Jeevanmuktha (one who is liberated while living)
(ii) Cosmic: Sarvaraat: Universally Self-shining Supreme Eternal Entity
(e) Level of consciousness: Constant integrated awareness of identity of Jeevanmuktha with Paramaathma
(f) Manifest aspect of Divinity: Parabrahma Sai Shiva
(g) Faculty/energy level: Sathyam, Shivam, Sundharam, Aanandham (truth, goodness, beauty, bliss)
(h) Operational Value: Nirvikalpa samadhi (Super Conscious state, free from ideation).

Inspiration

Time: 6:15 AM, February 15, 1999
Occasion: Maha Shivaraathri
Place: Sai Kulvanth Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam

Chanting time

For inner contemplation at any time.

Form of Meditation

Visualize Sathya Sai at the heart of Shiva Linga and gradually trancending Name and Form.
(the picture above was materialized by Baba for Ghandikota Subrahmanya Shastriji, saying "This is my true form")

Benefits/ Powers

Kaivalya/Saayujya (merging/living in total identity with
the Supreme Cosmic Divine Self, i.e. Sai Shiva.
 

Om That Sath