a Trayee experience, happened when one of our sirs
Devsen was a student)
We, students, have
great experiences at Prashanthi and Vrindavan. But the most memorable
experiences have been at TRAYEE BRINDAVAN, the official residence of
SAI BABA, where we spent the closest moments with HIM...
SAI BABA during the
sessions in Trayee is most informal, asking students individually
about their personal problems, their families and other things. It was
during such a session that the following incident, which shocked the
students beyond measure, giving them an indication of the kind of
phenomenon SAI BABA is, took place.
The students had
assembled in TRAYEE and Baba was on HIS way from HIS room to take HIS
seat. Before that session Baba had given a discourse on the purpose of
life -- the need for an individual to experience his divine SELF, only
after such an experience does a person reach the end of the cycle of
birth and death. As a part of the discourse Baba also asked the
assembly to keep reminding themselves of they (all of them) being a
part of the divine from which everything emerged and everything will
one day merge into.
As soon as Baba came
into the room, He looked around at everyone and stood silently for
sometime. Then HE started asking each one those present there, "who
are you... who are you". Surprised at such a question, many replied "
Swami, raja ... Swami Shyamkumar" etc, many others said remembering
the discourse of Swami, telling all to remind themselves of they being
a part of the divine, said "Swami, I am Sai Baba".
"Swami, Any drop
taken out of the ocean has the same quality as that of the ocean.
Since we all have emerged form you Swami, we are all same as you." so
saying they justified their answer. Baba then said, "All right if you
really are Sai Baba, then leave your body and show me.". Taken aback
at such a command from Baba, the students did not reply back.
Obviously none present there could ever think of doing what SAI BABA
had asked tem to do. "Come on, Come on", He commanded them back.
Finding the silence still pervading in the hall, He said " As you
experience your divine self, you will have all powers given to you to
perform do acts that are above the laws of nature."...So saying He got
up all of a sudden and said " SEE I AM GOING TO LEAVE MY BODY", a
moment later He collapse into the chair, leaving everyone in the room
pandemonium, confusion... Hell seems to have broken loose. Almost all
the people assembled there stood up in their places and tried to rush
towards Baba’s fallen body. As this happened, one of the college
teachers pushed ahead, trying to control the mayhem requested everyone
to stay back and not harm Baba's body by thrusting themselves on the
body. It took sometime for the crowd to be bought under control as
people were being convinced to go back and sit in their places. As the
crowd settled, Baba's personal doctor was called in and what he found
sent shivers within everyone.
Baba's heart had
stopped beating; there was absolutely no pulse beat in his arm and the
breathing (after noting the air movement under His nostrils) was found
to have stopped completely. Hearing this, each and everyone present
there started praying to Swami to come back into His body for it was
too much to expect for them to live in the world without HIS guidance
Some suggested that
Bhajans be sung and slowly the chants arose which later became full
throated. Five minutes later, the bhajans had become louder and the
crowd was already into their 2nd song with everyone
concentrating on Baba's body looking for signs of movement. If there
were any, they hadn't noticed.
The third song got
over and as the 4th song was being sung, those in front
noticed a small movement in Baba's fingers. As word spread, the bhajan
singing went into feverish pitch. Prayers became even stronger asking
Baba to come back into His body soon. As the chants grew louder, the
movements became even more significant and by the time the 6th
song was over Baba had opened His eyes to the great joy of all those
Thrilled at the
spectacle that they saw, the people assembled started reaching out to
Baba again, only to be asked by Baba to go back and settle down in
their seats. Baba asked for the bhajans to be halted as soon as the
next song ended. Silence pervaded throughout the hall as none spoke,
all eyes rested on Baba.
A few seconds later
Baba spoke "Those in divine bliss will not be restricted by ordinary
laws of nature. What you saw here was a small example of what is
possible for those in the highest state; a state in which I always was,
is and will always be. Remember God is not to be found outside for He
is within you. Understand that, experience and enjoy for happiness
really lies not in comfort, but in contentment, in UNION WITH GOD."
This experience was
long talked about, both in Prashanti and Vrindavan. It showed Baba's
control over nature and more importantly leave and come back into it
at His will, proving beyond doubt that He really is, as He says "MRITUNJAYA",
one who has won over death, who lives forever.