Mr. P. Partasaraty
Partasaraty is a well-known business man of Madras, being
part-owner of a company connected with shipping. He first met Sai
Baba in 1942 when the latter came to Madras to stay at the home of
neighbor of his. Soon after that he and other members of his
family went to Puttaparti.
He stayed there a whole month and witnessed Baba’s levitation up
the hill to the wish-fulfilling tree, seeing both a bright halo of
flame around the young Sai’s head and a shaft of light from his
forehead between the eyes. He says: “All the time in those days
Baba was full of laughter and fun. He would sing songs, and many
times a day he would perform some miracle – often as a prank ,
such as making a clock run backwards, or holding people to their
seats by some invisible force. At picnics he would tap empty
dishes, and when the lids were removed, the dishes would be full
of food, sometimes hot as if straight from the kitchen.
Mr.Partasaraty had been suffering from asthma for many years and,
soon after his arrival at Puttaparti, Baba materialized an apple
with a wave of the hand and told him to eat it as a cure. He has
never had another attack of asthma in the quarter-century since
But he says that the most important miracle of those early
experiences was connected with his mother. She was completely
blind with cataracts when the family; first met Sai Baba. His
treatment of her was simple – as simple as the paste of clay and
spittle that Christ used on a blind person. Baba put jasmine
petals on the woman’s eyes and held them in place with a bandage.
Each day he changed them for fresh ones and at the same time
insisted that she should go daily to the bhajan. This went on for
ten days, and when he took the bandage off for the last time she
was able to see again quite clearly. “She lived for ten years
after that”, and had no trouble with her sight.