Sathya Sai Baba says that He is the second of
a triple incarnation. The first was Shirdi Sai Baba and the
third will be Prema Sai Baba. Below, we give the information
that is known about Prema Sai Baba, with references to the
The first mention of Prema Sai by Sathya Sai
Baba appears to be in the discourse
Shiva Shakthi, 6 July 1963, In a conversation between
Shakthi, and Bharadwaja after Bharadwaja performed a ritual,
Shiva said that they would take human form and be born in the
Bharadwaja lineage, thrice: Shiva alone as Shirdi Sai Baba,
Shiva and Shakthi together at Puttaparthy as Sathya Sai Baba,
and Shakthi alone as Prema Sai, later.
More information about
We have heard often that Prema Sai will be born
eight years after the passing of Sathya Sai Baba, which will take
place when Sathya Sai Baba is 96. We do not have a reference for
this information. In "The Sai Trinity", by Dr. S.P. Ruhela (Taring
paperbacks, Vikas Pubishing House Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, 1997), the
author states that Sathya Sai Baba has been disclosing small
amounts of information to close devotees from time to time and
states that Sai Baba has predicted that Prema Sai will be born in
Karnataka about 8 years after He leaves this body.
Howard Murphet, in his book Sai Baba:
Invitation to Glory (Chapter 4), says that
Finally, Sathya Sai states, there will be
Prema Sai who, one year after the passing of the Sathya Sai form,
will be born in Karnataka (the old Mysore State), at a place
between Bangalore and the city of Mysore.
On page 16 of the book Living Divinity
author Shakuntala Balu writes,
Sri Sathya Sai Baba has said that there will
be one more Sai Avatara called Prema Sai. The third Sai
will be born in Gunaparthi, a village in the Mandya district of
Karnataka. Thus, Sri Sathya Sai Baba refers not only
to his past, but also to the future form he will assume as Prema
In Sathya Sai Baba, The Embodiment of Love,
by Peggy Mason and Ron Laing, the authors write about a discussion
they had about Prema Sai.
We wondered if the next descent as Prema Sai,
to come very quickly after the present form is vacated at the
age of ninety six, would be female.
Baba replied, "No, male, in Mysore --
Karnataka." (Since 1972, the state of Mysore is called Karnataka.)
In Glimpses of the Divine: Working with the
Teachings of Sai Baba" (1993), author Birgitte Rodriguez writes
In a more private talk to students in recent
years, Baba told them that the father of His next incarnation,
as Prema Sai, had been born in the southern Indian state of
Karnataka. He also said that the body of Prema Sai was in the
process of being formed.
The missions of the triple
In Spirit and the Mind, by Sam Sandweiss,
the author recounts an extended interview given by Sathya Sai Baba
to the Senior Editor, Mr. R.K. Karanjia, of Blitz new magazine in
Question: Why had this task to be divided into
three separate incarnations of the Shirdi, Sathya, and Prema
Baba: They are not separate. I have already
mentioned the complete oneness of the three in the final
objective of the mission. ... Their tasks and powers requisite
to them differ according to the time, the situation, and the
environment. But they belong to, and derive from, the same
divine body (dharma swarup).
The previous Avatar, Shirdi Baba, laid the
base for secular integration and gave mankind the message of
duty as work. The mission of the present Avatar is to make
everybody realize that the same God or divinity resides in
everyone. People should respect, love, and help each other
irrespective of color or creed. Thus, all work can become a way
of worship. Finally, Prema Sai, the third Avathar, will promote
the evnagel news that not only does God reside in everybody, but
everybody is God. That will be the final wisdom that will enable
every man and woman to go to God.
The three Avathars carry the triple message of
work, worship, and wisdom.
Hislop's changing ring
In John Hislop's My Baba and I, page
55-56, Hislop writes about Swami materializing a ring for Hislop
with Prema Sai on it. The image of Prema Sai on the ring actually
changed its position over the years. Hislop writes,
The stone was a cameo of Prema Sai, the loving
Lord of Creation, destined to appear on Earth a few years after
the death of the Sathya Sai Body. It was a brownish stone,
highly glazed, sculptured in profile, the bridge and length of
the nose visible with a suggestion of the arch of the left eye.
It was a noble head with shoulder-length hair, moustache, and
beard; the head resting on, or emerging from, a lotus flower.
His countenance was tranquil, peaceful, majestic.
Baba said, "He is only now in the process of
birth, so I cannot show more of him. This is the first time he
is shown to the world."
Wherever I go, devotees ask to see the ring.
... In a year or so, those devotees who had seen the ring
sometime earlier said something surprising on seeing it again.
They said, "It is turning. The whole nose can be seen now."
My reply was always, in truth, that I could
see no change. But they said, "You see it every day and do not
... One day, [in 1980], at a devotee meeting,
I was showing the ring, and I looked at it carefully. It struck
me, "It is different! It is changing!.
Now the entire nose is there and visible,
whereas at first the entire nose was not visible -- or better to
say the nose merged into the edge of the stone and did not
appear to be fully visible. But now there is a space between the
nose and the edge of the stone. Moreover, a portion of the left
eye can be seen and also a portion of the left cheek.