Sai Baba of Puttaparti has given
many people visions of his old Shirdi form when they have
requested it - and sometimes without request. One way in which he
does this is to hold out both open palms to show on them bright
shining images of the Shiridi and Puttparti bodies, one on each
palm. Another way is to lead the person to be blessed with the
vision into some quiet secluded room of whatever house he happens
to be in. There is a corner of the room is seen the glowing,
three-dimensional figure of Shirdi Baba.
There are many other types of evidence pointing to the fact that
the two Sais are in spirit one and the same. I am sending some of
them in this episode and next few episode:
It was happened when while Gayathri Swami, a disciple of the
Sankaracharya of Sringeri Peetam, was on a visit to Prashanti
Nilayamm ashram, after Satya Sai had moved there from his home
village. The Gayathri Swami had once spent a whole year with Baba
at Shiridi back in 1906, and often visited him in the later years.
He was perhaps only partly convinced that Satya Sai was his old
guru reborn. Anyway, on the night before he left Prasanti Nilayam
he had a vision. In this Shirdi Baba came to him and said that he
had returned from his Mahasamadi (the word used for the death of a
great yogi) after eight years, and that he had brought all his 'properties'
with him fifteen years later. "What could this vision mean?"
Gayathri Swami wondered.
He understood its meaning next morning. When discussing his vision
with devotees he was told that Satya Sai was born eight years
after the passing of Shiridi Baba, also that he assumed the name
of Sai Baba in his fourteenth year and was manifesting the full
powers associated with Shiridi Baba by his fifteenth year. There
powers, the Swami felt, must be what his guru meant by 'properties',
and the vision had been given to confirm in his mind that his Lord
was again walking the earth.