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  Sai Humour


"A young man in the interview room had the shoulder-length hair fashionable at the time. After teasing him for looking like a woman, Baba advised him to get it cut. 'Will You cut the first lock, Swami?', asked the young man adoringly. Baba shook His head in mock horror, 'I am Baba, not Barber!' He said.

Chocolates for Mother

There was one person by name Mr. Hariharan working in the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam. He used to celebrate his birthday by taking one Kg. of chocolate to Swami, which Swami will throw to the devotees assembled there, as His blessings to one and all. This is because Swami celebrates each and every devotee's birthday as His own birthday and that is why he threw chocolates. Hariharan was doing this for a number of years, ever since he came to Swami. He has his mother.

A few years back, when Hariharan´s birthday came, as usual he purchased one Kg. of chocolate and was to take the same to Swami. At that time his mother told him that why he is wasting money to buy so much chocolate and is it not enough if he just buys 1/4 Kg. Hariharan said that he is following the procedure every year and he will do so this year also.

Then he took the plate containing the chocolates and went and sat with the students in the verandah. Usually those boys who celebrate their birthday are given preference to sit in the front line on the verandah facing swami's room, so that Swami will come out and bless the students first before going to darshan line. In those days Swami used to emerge from the interview room for darshan also.

Hariharan sat in the middle where two other boys sat on either side of him awaiting Swami's arrival. They too carried chocolates. Swami came out, first went to the boy sitting on the left side of Hariharan, blessed him and threw the chocolates around. He smiled at Hariharan and without touching his chocolate went to the boy sitting on his right side, blessed the student, threw the chocolates and straight away went for the darshan line to bless devotees. Hariharan was disappointed but patiently held the position in the hope Swami will bless him when he returns to the room, after darshan. Swami came back to the verandah after darshan, gave a look at Hariharan and then took one handful of chocolates from each of the students who were sitting on his sides, threw the same into the plate of chocolates held by Hariharan and told him in Tamil " Unga Amma Kitte kondu poi kodu" - meaning give the chocolates to your Mother. Hariharan was amazed how Swami came to know of the dialogue between him and his mother and was shedding tears .Swami told him that His blessings are always there whether one brings chocolates or not. This is one of the many episodes of humor in Swami. He is so nice even in humor which we should all emulate.

S. Sangaranarayanan

The Mantra

Many years ago Kasturi was with Baba at Benares and was consumed by the desire to receive a Mantra from Swami. Having mentioned this to Baba, he bathed himself in the sacred waters of the Ganges and fasted all morning to receive it. But the morning hours passed. Noon came. But no Mantra! He confessed that by this time he shed tears of disappointment. Then horror of horrors, lunch time came, and he was seated right next to Swami. 'Kasturi, why aren't you eating?' Asked Baba, assuming innocence. 'The Mantra...' began the miserable Kasturi, swallowing a sob. 'What is the purpose of a Mantra?' Swami asked. 'To get closer to the Lord,' Kasturi replied.

Baba looked down at Kasturi's arm and then at His own. They were almost touching. 'Well,' He smiled in His divinely down-to-earth way, 'How much closer do you want to get?'

Danish Delight

At an interview Swami addressed a Danish couple saying to the wife: "He is a good man." The wife gleaming with joy responded: "Yes very good Swami." "No, no" Swami replied, "Not very good, only good."

Kids Play

On the morning of 29 July 1994, Swami called the U.K. group together for with a young man and his father for an interview. Swami on an earlier occasion had materialized a three stone diamond ring for the young man. During the interview Swami called the young man who was sitting at the back to come forward and said, "The ring is a little tight on your finger, give it to me and I will make it a bit bigger so that it fits you perfectly". Just then, as Swami was about to blow on the ring to change its size, he said, "No I will change the ring completely". Swami showed the original ring to some of the boys and men from the U.K group, and then He blew on the ring 3 times, and changed not only the size of the ring but also the style. Once again Swami showed the 'new' ring to the same boys and men to confirm that He had changed the ring. At that moment in time a young boy (about 10 years old) was so amazed at what Swami had just done that he sat up straight and turned towards this little boy and said, "Shall I change you in to a little girl?" The little boy looked shocked and was speechless so Swami said it again, "Shall I change you into a little girl?" Still speechless but now looking a little frightened the little boy just shook his head to indicate No, at which point everyone in the room burst out laughing… except the little boy!!

Asking for it

A Californian woman came to Baba, obsessed with anxiety about the predicted San Francisco earthquake. Baba listened to her fears for a good while, apparently agreeing that an earthquake was likely to happen. "But what shall I do?" the hapless lady asked. Baba leaned forward and whispered dramatically, "Prepare to die..!!"

Second Chance

"How do you spell 'wife'?" Baba asked a devotee in the interview room. "W-I-F-E-Worry Invited For Ever!" teased Baba. Then seeing the downcast expression of the wife, He gently corrected himself: "No - Wisdom Invited For Ever".


During an address, at a meeting, Sri Baba discussed the question of how a little knowledge or half knowledge is dangerous. Its easy to teach the ignorant or the wise but the half ignorant and the half wise are difficult material." said Sri Baba. He then recounted a lighter vein, the story of a solider who did not know English and was tutored by his immediate boss about how to answer questions that were likely to be asked by the General when he inspected the soldier's camp. The tutor taught the soldier answers to three questions, in a sequence. He told him: "The General will first ask you-'How long have you been in the Army?' And you must answer:' Two years'. For the next question 'What is your age?' Your answer must be 22 years, and for the third question 'Do you like the army or the country?' Your answer must be-'Both!' The soldier learnt all the answers in that order. During his inspection the General asked the three questions, but unfortunately for the soldier not in the same order. The General first asked the question, what is your age?" and the soldier replied, "Two years." For the next question," How long have you been in the Army?" Pat came the answer; "22 years." Angry at the answers, the General shouted, "Are you a fool or am I a fool?" "Both!" Answered the soldier promptly.

Baba's car gets the Pranams

One day in the mountains Kodaikanal, Baba's red Mercedes came down to the main road. My family and other devotees were across the lake about a kilometer away. As soon as Baba's car came on to the main road, we stood up and held our hands together as a mark of respect. People lined up on either side of the road holding their hands together, paying their respects to Baba in the red Mercedes. As the car passed, they realized that Baba was not in the car. He was in the bus with the students, and he said, "See the car is getting all the pranams. The reason is that the car kept company of God and today though the car is going alone, all the devotees are offering their pranams to the car, i.e. you are judged by the company you keep. But, I am missing all the pranams because I am with you."

Extracts from Sai Humour, by Peggy Mason, Sandra Levy and Dr. M. Veeravahu

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