FAREWELL… LITTLE PRINCESS
To the mortals death comes as a big blow, for, it inflicts pain of separation from near and dear ones. Quoting an anonymous poet, Prof. N. Kasturi wrote substantiating his statement that anything that is born and grows declines and dies,
With death defined as a consequence of birth and at birth man is given an opportunity to rediscover what he has forgotten, it should be man’s endeavour to dwell upon how best one could put an end to this otherwise unending cycle. In the modern age when man often falters to find out the real meaning of God’s greatest gift to humanity, the great sojourn called life, here in this ‘God’s Own’ village at Puttaparthi, an elephant by name Sai Gita has epitomised herself to join the illustrious band of immortals. That is the inspiring saga of Sai Gita, Bhagawan’s pet-elephant whose sojourn on earth came to a spirited end at 1800 Hrs. IST on 22 May 2007 after a lengthy script of glorious fifty years of dedicated service at His divine Lotus Feet!
The following extract from SAI GITA … A MYSTIFYING TALE OF UNMATCHED LOVE published in Heart to Heart journal gives clear insight into the unsullied love and devotion she had for Bhagawan.
Tears that rolled down her cheeks on many a occasion, her mischievous pranks acknowledging ecstasy at having been blessed to be in the Divine Presence, were testimonies to the unmatched love, pristine in quality, she has had for her Beloved Master, Bhagawan, that for sure would be envied even by human beings.
It was not a mere coincidence that brought The Creator and His Creation together in the Mudumalai forest marking the beginning of this glorious tale of love. It was a Divine happenstance, a well-crafted Master Plan by the Divine that would have had its roots linked to many previous births that had made such a meeting possible. Sai Gita is a shuddha brahmacharini (pristine and perfect celibate). She has come for Me, said Bhagawan once, at the end of a long arduous trial she had been forced to undertake at the instance of some senior devotees; she had been ‘reluctantly’ sent to the forest for breeding at the dogged persuasion of some senior devotees in the ashram for no positive result.
Sai Gita is history now and essentially a part of His-Story. In death body goes … but the soul, the indestructible divine essence in every being does move on, on a soul-search … and the soul of Sai Gita moved on to successfully find the bond beyond bondage, The Light that has been keeping her life a glowing fantasy that even exalted humans fail to achieve.
"Death is the denouement of the drama of life" wrote
Prof. N. Kasturi. For those who loved Sai Gita, her passing away would
definitely mark the end of a drama in physical and leave a vacuum that
would never be filled. Devotees would definitely miss her beautifully
caparisoned frame majestically leading processions, her gorgeous princely
gait, rare sight of tears of love rolling down her cheeks, the beauty
of her being cuddled and fed by Mother Sai so affectionately, her unruffled
nonchalant looks dissipating every passing thought into the gleam of
eternity and lots more …. But, her footprints would continue her
legacy in the hearts of millions who loved her so dearly. Sai Gita indeed
lived a Life…Full!
BOND BEYOND BONDAGE
For the passer-by on the roadside, for those who pass by, to and fro Parthi, a peep through the gate to have a glimpse of the blessed elephant would definitely be missing from now on … one would peep to have a darshan of her samadhi hereafter, and there, one would feel her touch, her legacy, a feeling that would peep into the nostalgic past of her glorious sojourn.
Little clue did we have of the Divine Vision Bhagawan
had while getting along with the construction of a ‘Sai Gita Palace’,
a new home for His pet-elephant inaugurated in November 2006. Reminding
one of the story of Shirdi Sai Baba wherein the Muralidhar Mandir constructed
at the ‘instance’ and blessings of Baba had finally turned
out to become the Samadhi Mandir of Baba Himself, who had expressed His ‘desire’ to
be ‘placed’ in the Mandir, the newly built Sai Gita Palace
was a would be samadhi for the pet-elephant…and adding
to this came the bonus; Bhagawan’s out of turn return to Prasanthi
Nilayam skipping normal schedule of going to Bangalore… Indeed
Divine Vision that eluded mortal’s blurred vision.
Be steady a moment; watch; catch; within reach the life-boat floats…
One could see hundreds of onlookers seeking to get a glimpse of the mortal remains of Sai Gita on the evening of 22 May, waiting outside the planetarium gate … and on the morning of 23 May, Bhagawan straight away drove into the Sai Gita Palace just after 7:30 a.m. Bhagawan who came out of the car, blessed the mortal coil of His pet-elephant by smearing vibhuti on her trunk and eyes, and lovingly stroked her trunk for the last time. It was indeed a sight to behold, a direct expression of Godly Concern and Love spurred out with fullest feeling, out in open. Indeed a Mystifying Tale of Unmatched Love.
With Bhagawan’s watchful eyes scanning the entire proceedings, amid Veda chanting and bhajans by students and with thousands of onlookers silently praying with moisten eyes and sunken feelings, Sai Gita’s body was lifted with the help of cranes to the final resting spot, a pit specially dug in the Sai Gita Palace, and was finally laid to rest following formal rituals. Yes, Sai Gita has drifted away, into the gleam of eternity … Leaving a life full of cherished memories … leaving behind a tomb, a memorial, Sai Gita Mahal.
A moment of stillness, a deep prayer from within, and a deep sigh … let this be our Tribute to our Dearest Little Princess … Sai Gita…
The epic Srimad Bhagavatham has a chapter on Gajendra Moksham, the story of elephant King Gajendra who chose to surrender calling out Lord Vishnu praying to save him from the clutches of a deadly crocodile that caught hold of him. No sooner did the Lord hear the sincere prayer that emanated from Gajendra, relinquishing his ego, that Lord Vishnu started off on His vehicle Garuda to reach out to the devotee. Whatever be the metaphorical explanation to this story, it does carry one message that God does respond to sincere prayers suffused with dedication and surrender. Here, in Sai Gita’s story, it was neither wail nor any distress call that made the Lord to come and spent considerable time by the side of His diseased pachyderm watching the entire proceedings. Who would know the agony of the soul, the crying thirst to reach out its ultimate destination, other than The Real Master, Bhagawan Himself? She has come for Me, mentioned Bhagawan talking about Sai Gita on one occasion. Having fared well in her earthly sojourn, it was for the Lord to respond to her final prayers and reciprocating for her heartfelt prayers, came the Lord all the way to give her The Final Farewell!
We salute You… Oh! Little Princess, Sai Gita!!!
This article appeared at website www.sssbpt.org/Pages/Prasanthi_Nilayam/saigitafinal.html.