Guru Balan was a living example of the teachings and messages of our beloved and as HE stated in the above quote.
Guru Balan has touched the lives of many people, especially his students.
But, without any doubt, the greatest talent of Guru Balan, as we all know, was his golden voice. His voice was a gift of God. He sang very well and it came from his heart. And it is this vibration from the heart which touched the hearts of so many.
Guru Balan was also a great musician. He used his harmonium to the best of his abilities and people were mesmerised by his skills. He gave life to his harmonium and his harmonium gave life to the devotees.
Without any doubt, he was an instrument of God. He was the chosen one. He was sent to us as a Messenger of God.
Another noteworthy aspect of Guru Balan was his ability to make each and everyone feel at ease in any context and any situation. The rich as well as the poor, the young as well as the old, the adults as well as the children were all happy in his presence. Furthermore, everyone respected him. It was as if he had the power to conquer every heart.
What is very important to emphasize here is that Guru Balan always kept his smile despite the ups and downs of life. He had much to give to people. He was ready to share his knowledge without restrictions. He was ready to sacrifice everything for Sai Baba. He had vast tolerance, an ocean of love, of compassion, of patience. He was extremely kind, very generous, the list can be endless.
All his actions were selfless. He never expected anything in return. He was never after fame, name, money or political gains and material gains.
Guru Balan was not a rich man financially, but he was an extremely rich person spiritually. His good characteristics helped him to give rather than to receive, in the proper way a devotee should be, as taught by Sathya Sai Baba.
Guru Balan was not a sadhu, a swami or a great sage. He was an ordinary simple person. He was like any one of us. But he was special. He was God-sent.
There is a saying which goes like this “great people live in the minds of others, but good people live in the hearts of others”.
Guru Balan belonged to both categories. He was not only a great person but also a good person. He left his imprints in our minds and much more on our hearts.
All that we can say today is that, we thank Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who sent us such a person in our country, who could bring us together on the spiritual path to guide us, to motivate us and to inspire us then, now and forever.
Let’s end on these lines of a famous poet who wrote:
“Lives of great men remind us all that we can make our lives sublime and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time”.
Passing by the Hard Rock Café in Edinburgh today, I noticed again their slogan: “Love all, serve all,” and noted that it reflects the (likely unconscious) influence of the NT upon western culture. For the motto self-evidently owes to the sentiments first expressed in NT passages such as Matthew 5:43-48, with its distinctive injunction to “love your enemies” as well as your “neighbour”, and Matthew 20:26 (and Mark 10:43-44), with the striking demand that “whoever would be great among you must be servant of all.”
I suspect, however, that neither the founders (nor the Seminole Indians of Florida who now own the restaurant chain) are aware of this. It just shows how the values and themes of the NT have now become part of the conceptual “ground water” of western culture.
My recent book, Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Baylor University Press, 2016) makes the points that early Christianity (in the first three centuries) had distinctive features, and that these once-distinctive features have now become cultural commonplaces for us. I don’t refer to the Hard Rock Café or its slogan, but there’s lots of other (and, hopefully, more interesting) stuff that I hope will address our “cultural amnesia.”