A gift from the Lord of Time
A yogi once told me that “ time waste is life waste”. I have been dealing with the art of procrastination all my life and can attest to the truth of the above statement. Once, many years while sitting in Darshan in Prashanti Nilayam in Southern India while gazing upon Sathya Sai Baba as he was sitting in his chair, I got a strong call to look at him closer as I heard “ I am also Kal Bhairav” and all of a sudden the Swami that was sitting in the chair was replaced by a deity with dark skin, a strong moustache and wearing a golden crown and covered in gold and then it was Swami again. I have heard of Kal Bhairav and been to many of his temples in Varanasi and knew that he is a manifestation of Lord Shiva and is also known as the Lord of Time. I did not know it at the time but Kal Bhairav was going to be a strong part of my life journey.
A couple of years ago, I was on a journey through Europe assisting friends and family and I was staying at a beautiful home where I visit frequently. During the early morning I had a dream where Sathya Sai Baba came and told me to give my watch to my host’s son, and of course it was his birthday. I had grown found of my watch that was solar powered and had accompanied me on many an adventure. Yet, I knew that everything was in divine order and it must be for a reason. I headed downstairs for breakfast, happily gave my young friend who I have seen grow into a fine young man his birthday watch, along with an ear pulling for trying cigarettes and liking them too much.
I then shared with him and his family the teaching that Sathya Sai Baba has given about Watch.
Watch your words
Watch your actions
Watch your thoughts
Watch your character
Watch your heart
Following this teaching about time helps us to be in integrity and to be of service to all sentient beings. This mantra helps us to understand ourselves better and to see how each action affects the other and that being able to start observing from the beginning, leads us to a positive Heart. This to me is the best way to be reminded about time and its positive use, replacing procrastination with determination. In my personal experience, determination has always come through my heart, not my mind.
Happy to have been reminded about the Watch, I continued onwards with my travels to a different town and family. After arriving to warm welcome, my host drove me through the beautiful European countryside on a short sight seeing trip and we ended up in a shoe store of all places. I now know that my dear friend had seen the shape of my shoes that bore the wear and tear of several continents or at least some major hike up a sacred mountain or two recently. He offered to buy me some shoes, which I seemed strange, since I thought we came to get him some. Alas, they could not find my size since I have inherited my mother’s small feet, which have borne me well but cause great mirth in Europe when I try to buy shoes. I then remembered quite clearly that I had bought some shoes that were waiting for me at home not so long ago and thanked him profusely while letting him know that I had only two feet and did not need so many shoes. However, I had been asked to give my watch away just that morning and was in need of a new one and shared with him, the meaning of Watch.
We left the shoe store and headed to my friends business, where I proceeded to hold a small blessing and cleansing ceremony. After holding the ceremony, I told him, how I had seen a financial leak in one of his business outlets and how he might be able to plug it. He said that I was spot on and he would look into it.
After dinner at his home with his lovely family, we sat in the living room over a cup of tea having friendly conversation. He looked at me and said” Manu. I have three watches and only really use one, let me give you one, it’s a Rolex, if you don’t want it, ill get you a different one”. I was speechless at his generosity and knew that the one and only Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba had started the whole situation around time only that morning. I gratefully accepted and wear the blessed watch daily as a reminder of Sai Baba’s and my friend’s generosity.
What really touched me and why I'm sharing this with you is that spirit works in deeply poignant mysterious ways, miracles happen and we can be gifted by one at any moment. I had been used to seeing holy men and women in India materialize things out of thin air. I have seen sweets fall from thin air, honey flow down sacred portraits, writing appear on blank pages, sacred ash appear out of nowhere covering Sai Baba’s picture and countless other miracles, always in India and near vortexes and people with strong devotion or healing capabilities. I even have a couple of friends who in private interviews with Sathya Sai Baba have had watches materialized for them by him. Now thousands of miles away from India and a few years after Sai Baba having left his physical body, I have been gifted with a Watch.
May this divine present impulse me forward and assist me in giving and keeping time. Our Life span is uncertain, and time wasted is life wasted. The joy, happiness and responsibility that this gift continuously reminds me of is to Watch myself, to remember that I am loved and to whom much is given to, much will be required from.
I deeply hope that whoever reads this, understands that I’m not writing this to extoll my devotion or show off, but to share experiences of generosity, selflessness and the ability to let go and receive. These miracles help to deepen my faith and connection with Source. I am on this journey with you and bow down to the Creator in deep reverence and ask for all of us to be granted miracles and joy.
I love you
Manu Sai Malasquez