The Silver Map of India
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba with
the silver map of India
A close up of the materialized
In 1976 Sathya Sai Baba made an intriguing
announcement to His students after manifesting a small metal
disc with a wave of His hand. Prior to materialising the object,
“What I am going to do in
future for this country India and for the rest of the world will
now be shown to you on what I am going to materialise.”
(It was at this point that Swami materialized a
medallion and showed it to the gathering. The medallion was round
with a black onyx base. It had a silver map of India with 18
jewels embedded in it. The map had a 100 Sanskrit verses inscribed
on it and Swami said that it had all information about the Avatar.
He continued to speak after that.)
The following is a transcript of most of the
speech (Baba was speaking in Telegu with an English translator):
“What I have materialised contains the map of India
and contains all the 18 different components of India. And on each
component is shown where the memorial stupas, which will represent
the work done by Me, or the work that is to be done in each of the
18 states of India, is being written and is available in pictorial
form on this medallion which I have just now materialised. And on
the medallion is inscribed in Sanskrit words the works and the
future tasks which I am going to fulfill.
This body in which I have come is going to be present for another
46 years from now onwards. In those 46 years, whatever dharma
sthapana, whatever work will be done by Me, in each one of the
states and in the country itself, and what kind of dharma sthapana,
what kind of colleges, what kind of education will be established,
is all written now, for the next 46 years, the program is now
written on the medallion that has been materialised.
only this. Which boy will be entrusted the task, in which of the
18 states, is also written on this medallion. If there is anyone
who can read the Sanskrit script, he can read it very well, what
is written on this.
In the case of Ramakrishna
Paramahansa, he had to use only one or two persons – Vivekananda
and Brahmananda, who were in the form of sanyasi’s. You don’t have
to become sanyasi’s. In this particular task of mine, I am going
to use you young people, in a large measure as you are, putting
you on the right path, use you as instruments for doing all that
is intended to be done and all what is described here on this
particular materialised item.
And why do you hanker after
these things? The person who has produced this is here and He
belongs to you. Why do you want to look at what has been produced?
I, who have produced this, I belong to you. I will look after you
and I will tell you what to do and slowly, don’t be in a haste,
whatever has been described here, whatever I intend to do in the
next 46 years and who I am going to use and how I am going to use,
how I will put on the right path will all be described by me to
you, item by item in due course. Don’t be in a haste, only
remember that you should take the determination and should
appreciate the task which you are called upon to do, and you
should determine to follow the task and take the right path. This
is all that you have to do, the rest will be looked after by Me. I
belong to you and I am with you. And why do you think of what I
have produced? Moreover in future you will see me in many
different forms which are manifestations of Myself.
Swami has, right from the beginning, the plan to spread divinity
and divine power all over the world. For the sake of it, swami has
established educational institutes and in the name of education,
brought the students here. How these sound waves and these
electrical waves and Jyotir power will find you in future. When
Swami is just talking in the auditorium, Swami may be seen in
mandir, and when Swami is in the auditorium, He may be seen in the
classroom actually through His Jyotir power.
is easy, safe but what is essential is that you should experience.
You will all experience it, you will all enjoy it. You will also
distribute and spread the word. You will expand your heart. This
is the primary goal of our institute and aim of our institute…
And I also resolve that
very soon, I’ll be launching a massive program, revitalising of
ancient customs, of ancient treasures, of ancient traditions and
all the scriptural truths amongst all peoples of all lands. You
need have no doubt whatsoever that we shall be successful. Victory
is bound to ours. Don’t give yourself to doubts of distrust. Don’t
become doubting Thomas’s. We shall very soon be blowing the conch
of victory around, this is a certainty, this is a certainty.
Embodiments of love, what the future holds is
beyond your understanding but I can see what the future is going
to be like. A time will come when the whole world will be at my
feet. A time will come when the whole world will rejoice in having
understood my true divinity, my true nature. It is a great effort
that I am making, thereby I am confining Myself, I am not letting
My glory spread all on its own, all of a sudden... But certainly a
day will come when the people of the world would have recognised
what Swami is, His Glory, His majesty, His grandeur. And they will
all come flocking in their lakhs and millions.
You have an opportunity of
sitting so close to Me, understand this truth now, make the most
of the opportunities which are coming your way, plunge into
constructive activities, listen to Swami’s words, live in His
love, experience His bliss which is very much your own. Don’t
throw away this golden opportunity.
world will very soon become a big Prashanti Nilayam by itself…this
diamond which is a priceless entity is subject to any number of
hardships which is cutting here, cutting there. The more you cut,
the more brilliant it becomes. So also a creeper is cut so that it
becomes more beautiful….
…those people, those
organisations which are not able to take kindly to this glory
which is spreading in the form of Sai, in the form of His
organisation, are taking to Me, to devalue, to degrade, to mislead
people at large. But be rest assured that any of these attempts
will prove to be nothing and more they do the more will be the
glory, the more will be the grandeur and quicker will be the pace
at which these noble things will be spreading far and wide.”
We all caught our breaths, as
Swami created a most powerful object. It had a round black onyx
base and on it was a silver map of India. Surrounding the map were
18 jewels that glistened in the dark, from some mysterious inner
light. He said that on the map were inscribed 100 Sanskrit verses
giving the history of the Avatar from birth to the time when it
leaves the body. He said, "All great works of the Avatar and all
leaders chosen from my students are recorded here". He took it
around for all to see and touch. Spiritually it was very powerful
and esthetically very beautiful. The writing was too small to
decipher. When asked, He answered, "I will not reveal the future.
Everything will be revealed in due time. Why do you hanker after
this object when you have its creator? You have Me and I have you.
You are all sacred souls and have roles in the mission. No force
can delay this mission even by one instant. I will appear in many
manifestations of my form. Wherever you are, there I will be". He
was not just speaking to the students, but to all of us...
fortunate souls whom He has gathered in. It continues to be a
great wonder to me, that not only is Swami still quite easily
accessible, but there are so very few who have committed to become
His devotees and live His teachings. Swami said His devotees are
one in a hundred thousand. He said that one among ten, you can
find one truly good person; one among ten such has some deep
feelings for god; one among such ten will yearn for a direct
experience; and one out of such ten will be ready to let go
totally, to renounce, and surrender completely to God. "That is My
devotee, and He is very dear to me", Swami said.
- Al Drucker
From the book: Al Drucker, Love in Action,
Proceedings of the Meeting of Sai Organisations of Europe, Hamburg,
12-15 May, 1989
Late Sri Ra.Ganapati was a very close devotee of Bhagawan
and a deep scholar of scriptural texts in various languages.
He has authored a biography series named “Baba: Satya Sai”
which is considered a magnificent tribute to the life of
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Following is an incident
mentioned in one of the volumes:
college students had the privilege to see another unique
creation in the Ootacamund Summer Course in June 1976.
Swami, who declared that He would live to see ninety six
years in this body, mentioned that eighteen important
institutions would be established by Him all over India in
the remaining forty six years, and circled His hand.
Immediately there appeared in His hand a big medal with the
map of India engraved. There were inscribed therein the
eighteen institutions that are to appear in the next
near-half-century. Not only that, the medal also carried the
important 'achievements-to-be' of Swami in the future, in
microscopic Devanagiri characters in the Sanskrit language."
(Baba: Satya Sai Part 2, Ra.Ganapati, Page 85)