Joel of Los Angeles was all
contempt for Baba. He would sarcastically refer to Him as the ‘character’.
Joel started for Puttaparti
cracking a joke among friends. “This character is said to
materialise all sort of things. By this he is attempting to cover
the lands from India to America, like a rainbow sweeping from one
end of the horizon to the other! I shall expose him by asking them
to create a rainbow”.
Before having a darshan of Baba,
Joel was sitting on a hillock along with his wife Diana and
another lady Pamela who had accompanied them. When Joel chanced to
look over the shoulder of his wife eyes were transfixed.
In a few seconds he changed to
trembling. He was sweating profusely. Tears pierced through his
eyes. “Did I speak so slightingly of so great a power?”
What happened? Beyond the
shoulder of Diana, up in the skies there had formed the spectrum
of a rainbow. In no time it raced up the sky, hit the zenith and
bent down opposite.
There was brilliant sunshine then,
not a cloud in the sky. The firmament was fresh as though swept
clean. If there be a rainbow in this, won’t there be a shock and a
Joel’s amazed reaction turned the
other two also to see the rainbow. For a time, they stood
astounded. Being of the fair sex they broke into sobbing.
Dissolved in devotion to Baba
they came to Prasanthi Nilayam and sat for darshan. The Legend of
Love, without an inkling of the wondrous in Him came out of the
Mandir (temple). The warmth of love to remove the ‘shivering’ of
Joel was glowing in Swami’s eyes. A smile sneaked along the
“Well, Character! How did you
like the rainbow?” He asked.
Ganapati, Baba: Sathya Sai