Statue of Krishna materialised by
This photo of Sai Baba holding a statue of Krishna has an
interesting story behind it. See story below.
The following is the story of the Krishna statue as
told by Swami's longtime devotee, Mr. Ratanlal, to Joy Thomas, and
printed in her book, "Life Is Awareness":
"It was in nineteen sixty-nine or seventy that Rajmata of Jamnagar
invited Bhagwan to visit Jamnagar, to be a guest on the Rajmata's
estate, and to visit the temple in that area. I was also invited to
stay in Rajmata's house along with Bhagwan. Incidentally, Bhagwan's
mother, Easwaramma, was there at that time. I had the good fortune by
the Lord's Grace to sit in the car in which He Himself was riding.
"First, we were taken to see the Krishna temple. It had not been
announced that Bhagwan was going, but how the word spreads! There was
such a large number of people there that it was impossible to get near
the statue of Krishna. So, we returned to the car and, as we were
going to someone's house for lunch, I said, 'Bhagwan, we didn't even
get to see the statue of Krishna because there was such a crowd.'
"He replied, 'Do you want to see it?'
"I answered, 'Bhagwan, I am very happy with our Sai Krishna,' that is,
"So, after we had our lunch and rested, we were returning to Janmagar.
We crossed over a little hillock to find to our surprise that the sea
was in front of us.
"Bhagwan asked that the car be stopped. We all got out. This was an
absolutely unknown spot. Bhagwan asked if anyone had a camera, and it
seemed that I was the only one who had. So I took a few pictures.
Bhagwan lifted His robe and waded into the sea, and we all thoroughly
enjoyed the outing and the beautiful scenery.
"After a while, Bhagwan sat down in the sand. He began to pull the
sand toward Him and form a mound. He appeared to be drawing something
in the sand on top of the mound He had made. Finally, He announced, 'Now,
it is ready.' He pulled up the sleeve of His robe and put His arm down
into the mound of loose sand. To the amazement of all of those present,
He took from the sand a large, solid gold statue of Krishna. I prayed
that I might take a picture and the permission was granted. This is
the picture that I have given you. There was absolutely nothing there
in the sand until He willed it to be there. His will is supreme."
This picture was taken by Ratan Lal on 15 May
1968. The event took place near Dwaraka, where Krishna lived,
which is on the west coast of India, about 325 miles northwest of
Bombay. The description of this event is given by N. Kasturi in
Sathyam Sivaram Sundaram, Part III, on page 183-184. We
While returning to Jamnagar in the evening,
Baba suddenly said, "O, the sea is here!" and the cars stopped.
We came upon a wide patch of sandy shore, with a temple on a
heap of rocks at one end. Baba walked along the watery edge and
sat on the sands at last, as Krishna must have sat some fifty
He heaped the soft sand to the height of a
cubit in front of him, putting us all into a state of extreme
expectancy. He flattened the heap and, with his finger, drew a
three-slanted line, a rough circle on top of it, a small
triangle over that, and finally a short line across the circle.
"It is ready," he said. Digging his hands deep into the pile, he
drew forth a bright golden image of Lord Krishna playing the
flute. "You did not get darshan of Krishna in the temple;
have it now," he said.
Kasturi surmises that the long line was for the body, the
circle for the forehead, the triangle for the peackcock feather, and the
short line for the flute.
Radio Sai E-Magazine, February 15, 2004.