The miracles are my visiting cards
Baba proclaims that His Miracles are
His Visiting Cards, to attract His devotees at the initial stage
to come to Him. Initially He wants to give them whatever they want
from Him, but ultimately He wants to give them, what He has come
to give them - that is the Bliss (Ananda). This He is doing out of
His love for His devotees.
We mortal beings also play the same
trick with our children. When they attain the age of joining the
school, most of the children are reluctant to go to school. Parents
lure them by telling them that if they go to school, they will get a
chocolate from the teacher. The chocolates have been already handed
over by the parents, to the teacher, to be given to their children.
Hence the child is lured and agrees to go school. But finally the
child learns to study in the school, which is the sole purpose of the
parents - to give education to their children.
Hence I would liken Baba’s Miracles to
an act of Compassion towards His devotees, rather than an act of
winning the adoration of many people and bringing them into His fold,
as the critics believe. Baba is least bothered
about His glory or the criticism, as He declares that His Miracles are
His natural and normal phenomena and are produced out of His
divine Sankalpa (Will).
Here it is what Swami Himself says about
His materialisations : “Many of you are
under the mistaken notion that all My materialisations have worldly
significance; it is a gross mistake; don’t think like this. These (Materialisations)
are ladders that shall enable you to ascend to a bright and ideal
future. So long as you are in possession of such sacred objects, only
pious thoughts will be generated in you.
Miracles are an innate part of
Me. I was with them. They are not acquired
after birth through Yogic practices. That is why Swami not only uses
these powers freely but extensively over a very wide range for the
propagation of the objective for which He has incarnated Himself on
Earth. The Avatar is Omnipresent and
Omnipotent. Baba’s Miracles show clearly that He in not bound by Time,
qualities, and Nature. He is beyond everything. He is everything and
everywhere, as the indweller of the Heart. He is the Eternal Witness.
(Taken from “Sanathana Sarathi”,
February,1998 issue, page:48, Article by
Mata Betty, New Zealand).
Here, only a few of the many Miracles
performed by Bhagavan Baba are selected - only the most unique and
astounding ones, which only an Avatar can perform, are reproduced.
Author’s own experience with Bhagavan
On one occasion, I lost my temper and
became so wild with my wife that I was full of remorse and regret
for the rest of the day. After two days there were Bhajans at my
residence. While I was performing the Aarati, (the gentle waving of
the burning camphor in front of the Lord) to the accompaniment of
collective singing of a melodious verse (invoking Him) the fifth
wick (flame) stopped burning. (When I perform the Aarathi, I light
five wicks). I did not like this and was in a fix as to what to do
and started praying to Baba. Right at that moment the fourth wick,
which was burning straight until then suddenly
stretched itself sideways to light up the fifth wick. I felt
immensely happy that Baba had responded to my prayer instantaneously.
This experience gave me a sudden urge to
go to Puttaparthi, and be at the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan Baba. There
was perhaps no logical reason for this intense feeling. It was only an
intuition and I did act. I succeeded in getting a first-class ticket
released from the V.I.P quota and reached Prasanthi Nilayam,
Puttaparthi on 1st March, 1982. While I was in the train, I
was repenting about getting angry at my wife and hurting her feelings.
I was even praying to Baba for His forgiveness.
On 2nd March,1982
, in the Darshan line, Baba came near me. I spoke to Him and said,
“Baba, these are the letters which some devotees have given me. They
need your help. Not only they need your help but I also need your
help, as I have also disobeyed you”. He took the letters and signalled
me to go for the interview. This was my second interview with Baba,
but this time without my wife. Baba in the inner interview room told
me, “Bahut Gussa Karte ho, control bhi nahi kar pate ho, ghar me bhi
shanthi nahi hai, do din se bol rahe ho ke maf karo, maf karo”. (You
have a very bad temper, you are not able to control it even, there is
no peace even in the house, for the last two days you have been
saying : forgive me, forgive me). I was not
able to take quietly this reprimand from Baba. I cried like a small
baby, who is hit hard by somebody and is bleeding profusely. I replied,
“But Baba, you know the reason behind this episode”. I put my head on
Baba’s Lotus Feet and tears from my eyes were pouring on His soft
Lotus Feet. It appeared that He did not mind this at all. He took all
my inside agony on His Lotus Feet and I said, “Baba, I do not want
anything in my life; please make me an instrument to serve you”. At
this stage, His Divine Heart melted. He lifted me up with both of His
hands and said, “Come, you are mine, I am yours, I will give you
service”. Could I have ever desired to hear anything better than this
On another occasion, my brother
who was in Doha (Qatar), was bringing his wife to
as she happened to be in an acute state of depression. She had all
her passports, visas and their return tickets in her hand bag. While
getting down from the taxi at Bombay, she forgot her hand bag in the
taxi. On tracing the taxi, it was found that the taxi driver after
dropping my brother at Mahim, took
another person in the taxi, and dropped him at V.T.Station. Thinking
that the hand bag belonged to that passenger, the taxi driver handed
it over to the new passenger, who left for Madras on that very day.
This happened in the year 1983.
I started praying to Baba to help my
brother in getting their passports and visas back. To get
duplicate of these documents for Gulf
countries is rather difficult. There was the danger of my brother even
losing his job. About a fortnight after this incident, a miracle
happened. Baba listened to my prayers and one day, when I went to see
my mother who stayed at Mahim, I received a registered packet
addressed to my brother, who had at that time gone to Colaba to visit
our sister. On opening it, I found the passports, visas, and the air
journey return tickets, all intact. My joy knew no bounds and I
immediately rang up my brother at Colaba, and Oh: with what
inexplainable joy he received the news. “Oh, Baba,” I thought, “how
can I thank you for all this favour received from
you. I can only say that you are Sarvaantaryami. (the
indwellor in all; one, who is in everything)”.
The third most astounding thing
happened, on the 1st of March,1993.
The time was 7.30 a.m at Puttaparthi. Baba came out of His room,
moved amongst the devotees, and took myself and a friend of mine for
the interview. This was my 8th interview with Baba. In
the inner interview room where only two of us were with Baba, my
friend started conversing with Baba on various aspects of his own
life, such as health, office and family matters. Taking advantage of
this opportunity, I took the liberty of gently massaging Baba’s legs,
which Baba did not mind, rather, He allowed me to continue. Indeed,
how fortunate I was to have been granted the favour of doing this
kind of Seva to the Divine incarnation!
After finishing with my friend, He told
me, “Remove the watch which you are wearing and keep it in your shirt
pocket. As you are getting old, I am going to give you another watch
so that you value time”. He also further added, “Live in present which
is Omnipresent”. And the last and the most important thing He asserted
to me was, “Your business is slack, do not think about money, but
think of your mind”.
Suddenly Baba started getting up;
neither he gave me the promised watch, nor
another ring to my friend. We two arose quickly, took Pada Namaskar
and made our exit from the inner interview room along with Him. There
in the presence of all others, He took the ring from my friend’s
finger, showed it to everybody and then blew on it; ‘Lo and Behold’,
it turned out to be a beautiful gold ring with a picture of Lord
Krishna, but this time in His childhood posture of Bala Gopala.
Baba was talking with some other people
also in the interview room when suddenly,
He looked at me and asked me, “What do you want?” I replied, “Swami I
want you”, to which He shook his head in the negative and asked me to
move closer to Him. He waved His hand in a circular manner and there
appeared in His Divine Hand a beautiful quartz watch ‘Pierre Nicol’
automatic with day and date operation. He put the watch on my wrist
and I kept my head on His Lotus Feet and He blessed me. At that moment
I felt I was the happiest person at any time in my whole life and my
joy knew no bounds. Even if I had been honored with
a gold medal from the President of India,
I would not have felt so happy. I cannot express my happiness in
proper words and I can only say that this too has to be experienced
and realised. Here it would be pertinent to refer to my very first
interview when I asked Baba, “Can you please materialise something and
give it to me? And Baba had replied, “Dega, Dega” (will give, will
give). This He told me in November, 1981 and He materialised the watch
for me in March, 1993, after nearly 12 years. This precious gift of
Baba is really cherished by me and it protects me and enables me to
communicate with Him.
Experiences of many other people, to
prove that Baba is Divine:
In the yesr 1960, the United State of
America and the Soviet Russia piled up nuclear weapons capable of
annihilating the entire mankind and were waiting for an opportunity
to strike. When Cuba issue came up, both USA and USSR took up arms
to wage a war. This incident is known as the “Bay of Pigs”. The
devotees of our Baba in that area rushed to Swami, calling upon Him
to avoid the war: Our Bhagavan assured them that as long as He is
there, His devotees would be protected and no destruction would take
place. He added further that the world is now passing through the
age of 7th Manu and even some more Manus have to come
before the destruction of the world.
There was no nuclear war in 1960. The
super powers are now engaged in nuclear disarmament. From this
incident we can observe the qualities of Varaha Avatar in our Swami,
i.e., protection of the earth and mankind.
We have also seen our Swami manifesting
the jewels like CHOODAMANI worn by Sita in Treta Yuga and also the
jewel KOUSTHUBA adorned by Lord Krishna. After showing to all of us,
He used to demanifest them. It is the Will of the Supreme. (The above
matter is taken from the book, “Sai Supreme Personality of Godhead”,
by T.G.Krishna Moorthy)
In the year 1996, during Christmas
celebrations at Puttaparthi, after the morning Darshan, in the
presence of fifty thousand people, Swami announced and said,
“ Today, I am going to reproduce the
miniature of the original Bible, which the Russians had drowned in
the Black Sea, centuries ago. And lo: and behold, with a wave of His
hand a beautiful mini Bible appeared in His hand. Baba’s photograph
was taken, at the time of materialising this Bible from the air. The
photograph is available at Puttaparthi.
Mrs. Jones was a very staunch devotee
of Baba, but her husband never believed in Baba and used to refer
Baba as, “Oh, that character”. However, the wife was able to
convince her husband to come to India once and meet Baba. In the
plane, while proceeding to India, the husband told to his wife that,
“I will only believe that Baba is God, if he could show me a rainbow,
during bright sunshine”.
On reaching Prasanthi Nilayam, Swami did
not call them for the interview during the morning Darshan. Both
husband and wife were relaxing on a bench in a garden and there was a
bright sunshine. Suddenly Mr. Jones shouts and tells his wife, “Look
Irene, I can see the Rainbow”. During the evening Darshan, Swami
called them for the interview and in the inner room, tapped the
shoulder of the husband and told him, “Hellow that character, how did
you like my rainbow”. Mr. Jones had no words to speak. He silently
fell at His Lotus Feet.
In one of the interviews granted by
Swami, to a few chosen devotees, one devotee challenged Swami and
told Him, “I can believe that you are God, if you can produce a live
monkey, right here, in this room?”. Swami
replied to him, “I can produce the monkey, but then it would be your
responsibility to look after it?”. The
devotee thought that it was impossible for Swami to produce a live
monkey, so he agreed to the proposal. Swami waved His hand, and
there came the monkey, from the wall, moving and
jumping : Swami held the monkey in His lap and then passed it
on to the devotee, to be taken care of. The devotee was in a dilemma
as he was a foreigner, and would not know what to do, in such circumstances.
He profusely repented and begged for Swami’s pardon, for doubting
His Divinity, and Swami out of His compassion,
waved His hand again and the monkey disappeared, as if it was never
there. (This was narrated to the author by a very close devotee of
Swami, whose information could be taken as authentic).
One of the Swami’s student who had
joined the school recently, and was not
very certain about Swami’s Divinity, used to smoke cigarettes
secretly, in the remote corner of the hostel. Once Swami called him
and asked him, “Do you smoke?” . He
replied in the negative. Swami showed him in the Palm of His Hand,
and he could see like in a movie the entire scene, how he is moving
out of the hostel room, going to secluded place, taking out a
cigarette packet from his pocket, lighting a cigarette with a match
stick, and enjoying a smoke to his heart’s content. Swami did not
have to mention anything to him. The whole scene became the reality.
You can imagine the plight of the boy. But
Swami, forgave him, with a reprimand, not to do it again.
In the year 1973, Dr. John S. Hislop,
along with some other devotees, was moving with Swami, in Bandipur
Game Sanctuary in Mysore State, along the bank of the sandy river.
As they passed through the bush Swami
broke off two twigs, placed them together and asked Hislop, “What is
“Well, Swami it is cross”, Hislop
answered. Baba then closed His fingers over the twigs and directed
three some what slow breaths into His fist, between the thumb and
forefinger. Then, He opened His hand to reveal a Christ figure
crucified on a Cross, and He gave it to Hislop. He said, “This shows
Christ as he really was at the time when He left His body, not as
artists have imagined Him or as historians have told about Him. His
stomach is pulled in and His ribs are all showing. He had no food for
Hislop looked at the Crucifix, but found
no words. Then Baba continued, “The wood in the cross is from the
actual Cross on which Christ was crucified. To find some of the wood
after 2000 years took a little time; the image is of Christ after He
died. It is a dead face”. Hislop noticed some thing odd and asked,
“Swami what is that hole at top of the Cross?” Baba replied that the
Cross had been originally hung from a standard.
(Taken from the book “My Baba
And I” by John S. Hislop). In America, a
video cassette entitled, ‘An Aura of Divinity’, has been produced by
Richard Bock showing Hislop holding the Cross, materialised by Baba,
in his hand, and giving the above commentary.
Professor Krishna Nandan Sinha has
given a vivid experience of his wife Malti at Prasanthi Nilayam, in
his book, ‘Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Absolute Sole Lord of Life and
Malti Sinha, wife of Krishna Nandan
Sinha was at Prasanthi Nilayam during the birthday celebrations of
Bhagavan Baba. After the Darshan, she along with her friend Prema,
daughter of Sri Atri were walking in a leisurely fashion on the
streets of the Nilayam and were talking
intimately about their experiences about Swami and comparing notes,
suddenly there was commotion on the street and among the passerbys,
the red sleek imported car of Swami was seen coming out of the Ashram
gate - the reason for people lining up on both sides of the street.
The car moved slowly amidst the assembled devotees and moved in the
direction of Gokulam. The activity in the narrow and congested street
continued as before and both the ladies proceeded towards a photo
shop, still animated by having a close view of Swami.
After purchasing Swami’s photographs,
they were returning to the Ashram, walking slowly, still in their
conversation when Prema said, “Look, Swami’s car is returning. Let us
line up and stand on the pavement”.
Driven by a strange inner impulse Malti
whispered, “I wish Swami’s car ran me down and trampled me so that
every particle of my flesh and bone and each drop of my blood flies to
Him and scatters over the Lotus Feet, a real consummation of my desire:”
. Suddenly a strange thing happened. The car came very fast and there
was grating noise of the clutch and the brake. The car stopped just a
yard from the place where Malti was standing. The passerbys were all
surprised and clustered around the car. Swami opened the door of the
car and beckoned to her. Malti drew near Him in a nervous and
apprehensive frame of mind.
Swami smiled affably and asked her,
“Shall I ask the driver to run you over and trample you down so that
every portion of your flesh and bone and each drop of your blood flies
to me and pour over my feet like a sacred fountain?”.
At that moment there was not a single drachma of blood within Malti
that did not tremble, as she recognised the token of Divine love. But
she hardly had courage enough to look at Him full in the face or bend
down to touch His Lotus Feet. It was Swami Himself who directed her
with a gesture of His hand to touch His Feet. He was looking at her
tenderly as the car moved slowly in the direction of the Ashram gate.
(Taken from the book ‘Sri Sathya Sai
Baba, Absolute Sole Lord of Life and Death’ by Krishna Nandan Sinha)
In 1993 between Dassera and Diwali, a
unique Leela came to light. A group of
Sai devotees from Australia were taken into the interview room on
Baba’s instructions. Out of the eleven devotees one was crying
uncontrollably. On being questioned by Baba, he said that his wife
was extremely ill and due to anxiety for her he was weeping. The
loving and Divine - playing Lord authoritatively asked, “So, would
you like to be transported to your wife?” The answer was, “Yes”
: The method Lord Sai employed to transport the Australian
was unique. He hit the adjacent wall three times with His fist and
immediately the weeping devotee started seeing the country of
Australia on the wall. When He hit His fist for the fourth time, the
Australian saw his town on the wall. On hitting
His fist for the fifth time the Australian started seeing
his house. Then Baba asked the weeping devotee, “Is this your
house?” “ Yes” , was the reply. Baba
replied, “Go, meet your wife in your house” .
That person entered his house and went near his sick wife. At the
end of the interview only ten people came out of the interview room
and not the eleventh. The people outside came to know about the
happenings and, though extremely surprised, also had doubts whether
the eleventh person actually reached his house. On investigating the
above, it was confirmed that at the time of the person entering his
house through the wall at Baba’s command (In Prasanthi Nilayam), at
that very moment he had entered his
house in Australia. (Taken from the book ‘The
Wonderful Leelas of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’ by Anil Kumar
Malhotra, available at Prasanthi Nilayam Book Stall, inside the
(A) Lord Krishna says in the Gita, “I
give you the Divine eye, Behold you
Arjuna, My Real Nature”. Similarly Sai Krishna, too, selected a few of
us for this most blessed and Divine Darshan. As soon as we reached the
bank of the Chitravathi, Swami told us to look
steadily at the spot where the tamarind tree stood. Within a
split second, He disappeared from our midst, and we saw a streak of
yellow light moving fast like lighting in a wave: Then we heard His
voice from yonder, as though from a mike, “Kanapadu thunnana?”,
meaning “Am I visible?” Soon, we saw a powerful light - so powerful
and large that I can not compare it with any of the lights visible on
earth. We named that sight ‘Jyothi Darshanam’. This Jyothi was seen
even by some devotees travelling on bullock cart, from Bukkapatnam to
Puttaparthi. Some time Swami used to refer to that single Jyothi
Darshan as that of His third eye (Nethra Darshan or Hrudaya Darshan)
(B) Ms. M.L. Leela writes in her book
‘ Lokanatha Sai’ about her own experience.
“In June,1971, I was expecting my promotion
as professor. I learnt from the newspaper that my junior had been
promoted. I was shocked. How can such a
irregularity creep in, even in Government service? When I traced the
source of this manoeuver, I found to my great shock and surprise that
the recommending authority had omitted my name from the list. The
reason was my inability to leave Madras, as I had been managing a
temple. I discovered that the post of professor of Botany had already
been created at Government Arts College for Women, North Madras, and
the post was vacant. I went to the authorities concerned and told them
about the vacancy and requested to post me there. They were annoyed at
my request. “ Never dream of the post in
Madras: this post has been created for a particular person” . I
undauntedly asked the authorities how a special post could be created
in a Government Department for the benefit of one person.
I had none else other than my Swami, Sri
Sathaya Sai. I rushed to His abode. As soon as He saw me in tears
while prostrating at His Holy Feet even
without listening to my petition, He said, “ Go back to Madras
immediately. Sit in the usual place in the temple. I will do the
needful”. Immediately I left Puttaparthi. I was in
Guindy Mandir next morning by seven. I sat in my usual place.
Dr. T.K. Govindarajan, a devotee, who used to visit the temple
frequently, suddenly appeared. He had arrived from Delhi, after a
break of three years. My brother in Delhi was worried about my long
silence. Hence he had requested him to visit me immediately and write
to him about my welfare. Then I explained to him in details about my
plight. He said that he could easily tackle the situation, as his own
elder brother was the person to be approached. This reply soothened me
so much that I suddenly remembered Baba’s words: “Sit in your usual
place in the temple. I will do the needful”. I heaved a sigh of relief
and left for my college. In the next few hours, my Principal told me
that I had been wanted at the Secretariat. I rushed there. At the
entrance, I met the person who had met me in the temple. He led me in
and said that my posting order had already been signed by the
Secretary: I was literary shocked and could not even hear his words
properly. He instructed me to go back to the college, take the posting
order and join immediately at the Government Arts College for Women,
North Madras, as professor and Head of the Department of Botany:
A special messenger was sent with my
posting order to my Principal. She was also given a phone message to
relieve me immediately. When I reached my College, the Principal was
waiting with the relieving order: time 5.30 P.M. I remembered the
words of Swami. “Sai Sankalpa is Vajra Sankalpa”. (Both the above (A)
& (B) narrations have been taken from the
book ‘Lokanatha Sai’, by Professor Ms. M.L. Leela, who is a staunch
devotee of Baba).
Swami Sadananda was seated with Bhagavan Baba at the bungalow in
Kodaikanal. Leaning on his bed, Baba was in conversation with
Sadananda. All of a sudden He stood up and
shouted, “Don’t shoot” and then He fell down unconscious.
Baba’s body became chill and stiff. He left His mortal body and
wandered somewhere. After He woke up, Baba instructed a telegram to
be sent to Bhopal. It read, “Don’t worry: the instrument is with
Me”. In response to this on the fourth
day there was a reply telegram from Bhopal; it was from a high
officer in the armed services.
Subsequent to the partition of the
states of the country, the sub-ordinates of this officer were promoted
to a higher rank leaving him behind. Frustrated at this and humiliated,
the officer had decided to commit suicide. His wife and children were
sent away to his in-law’s place. He decided to shoot himself. It was
exactly at this juncture, Baba at Kodaikanal had shouted, “Don’t shoot”.
At Bhopal, when the officer was about to
shoot himself he heard someone knocking at the door. Hurriedly he hid
the revolver under his bed and went to the door. On opening he found
to his surprise that his friend with his family, bed and baggage had
come to stay with him. He took them into the house. They were talking
together for a long time. After knowing that the wife of the officer
was away and not wanting to trouble him,
the friend said that they would stay in another friend’s house and
The officer then bolted the door from
within and tried to reach out for the revolver. To his dismay, it was
not found at the place were he had kept it. His search of the entire
house proved to be in vain. He could not locate the revolver. He ran
up to the house of the common friend to whose house his guest had gone.
To his total surprise, he came to learn that his guests had not come
there. Utterly disgusted and dismayed, he returned to the house.
He heard the knock again on the door.
There was the postman waiting to deliver the telegram from Baba,
containing the message, “Don’t worry, the instrument is with
Me”. Only then could he realise that it was
Baba who had taken the form of his friend, wife and servant to
dissuade him from the suicidal attempt. Who else could have enacted
such a drama to save a devotee?
(Taken from the book ‘Satyam, Sivam and
Sundaram’ by N.Kasturi).
WITH THIS INCIDENT BHAGAVAN PROVES HIS
16TH KALA OF BEING OMNISCIENT, OMNIPOTENT AND OMNIPRESENT,
BY MULTIPLYING HIMSELF AND TAKING THREE DIFFERENT FORMS AT THE SAME
TIME, AS LORD KRISHNA DID, WHILE PERFORMING RASA LEELA WITH SO MANY
GOPIKAS AND EACH GOPIKA VISUALISING THAT THE LORD KRISHNA WAS PRESENT
ONLY WITH HER.
Sai Baba, who incarnated as Lord
Krishna, explained to an assembly of students some of the mystical
significance of the latter’s acts and insignia and recalls Sri
Krishna’s three pledges to humanity: to incarnate from age to age
for Dharma’s sake; to bear the burden of peace and prosperity to
Bhaktas who surrender to Him; and to save and liberate them. Swami
calls the present generation fortunate to have Krishna again in
their midst and materialised the famed Kousthuba jewel that Krishna
wore, showing it to His audience. He exhorts His young listeners to
have steady faith in Sai Krishna, who will guard and guide them and
shower grace upon them.
Swami manifested the Lingobhava
Time-Space Embodiment in the shape of an egg, before the assembled
audience at the Purnachandra Auditorium on Sivarathri in 1974. The
audience had passed the night in Namasmarana or repetition of the name.
Baba tells them that, out of the world’s millions, only they have
come, remained through the night and witnessed the holy manifestation.
He tells them no greater fortune can befall on man. Thereby they have
earned the merit enormous enough to win liberation - total freedom
from the cycle of birth and death. He exhorts them to live thereafter
as befits the recipients of this rare Grace.
(Extracts taken from
the book ‘The Essential Sai’ by Sainet Editorial Committee Vancouver,
Canada, Nov.23, 1995).
Mata Betty of New
Zealand, writes about
one of her most astounding experience. She writes, “One afternoon in
1983, we were at home together when an astounding incident took
place. Sai manifested Himself in our
living room, appearing to us in His full physical form - even
sitting in the high-backed carved wooden chair that you see Him
sitting in at His Ashram in India. And Jim and I completely lost
track of time, as Sai spoke to us at length about many, many
personal matters known only to us. I can’t even say how long He was
there. When at last this wondrous visitation faded it was evening.
But it was an unforgettable event. This occurred just before onset
of my husband’s heart attack.
(Matter taken from the book ‘Sathya Sai
Baba And The Universal Reality of Mankind’
by Mata Betty).
Once when Sai Baba was on His way to
Bangalore (about 170 kilometers away from
Puttaparthi), His car came to a stop because the petrol
having leaked out completely due to the damage caused by a stone to
the petrol tank. Sai Baba asked His driver to fetch a bucket of
water, stirred the water with His hand and asked the driver to pour
it in to the petrol tank of the car. The driver did so and the car
reached the destination with the water which had been turned into
petrol by Sai Baba.
During one of His trips, Sai Baba was
walking on the Seashore at the southern most tip of India, at
Kanyakumari. The members of Sai Baba’s group were thrilled to see a
necklace of peerless pearls, strung on gold thread, being brought by
wave of the ocean and offering it at the Lotus Feet of Swami.
Sai Baba’s loving response to the
distress call (in the form of a heart-felt prayer) of a couple who
were His devotees, from Paris, made the wallet containing lost
traveller’s cheques reappear by themselves in the lady’s purse next
(Abstracts taken from the book ‘Sai
Baba, The Souce Of Light, Love And Bliss’
by Kailash Kumar and Jorgen Hovgaard).
A Catholic Priest, Don Mario Mazzoleni,
narrated an incident witnessed by him at Puttaparthi. He writes, “In
August of 1988, Sai Baba had an “accident” .
I happened to be at Prasanthi Nilayam at that time. The Avatar
slipped on a piece of soap in the bathroom and fell, breaking His
thigh bone. For several days He did not come out, and He was not
giving Darshan, but one day, August 26, He came to the Purnachandra
Hall, and gave a discourse for the Holy Day of Onam. The faith of
many people was shaken by the “accident” of
Swami’s. They did not understand it was a test and also a lesson
through which Baba demonstrated how we should behave when we are in
pain. Here is an excerpt from the discourse, which He
gave standing, for an hour and a quarter,
with no signs of being tired, without a single grimace of pain:
“Swami’s capacity of control and
endurance can’t easily be understood; only
doctors and those who have suffered a similar fracture know something
of it. I was directed to rest for 4 weeks. But I do not know what rest
is, I do not feel the need for it. I have My
duty to fulfil. Many people have written to Me
to say that I should have cured Myself immediately of this tiresome
fracture. But no, there is no need. They are little things which can
happen occasionally. I am not sick. It is almost impossible for
Me to stand, the pain is so unbearable… but
I smile about it, and this is the sign of My Divinity. Some devotees
pray and think that Swami could heal Himself in a moment. Even though
this is possible, Swami is not a person affected by egoism. When
someone is wounded or sick, I do not heal him immediately. Everything
has its time…it is necessary to suffer,
until the proper moment arrives. Nonetheless it is possible to develop
the power to divert the mind in order to control the pain and not to
allow oneself to be overcome by problems
and difficulties….Why should I worry about this body? This body is not
Mine, it belongs to you and I do not want
to interfere. Your bodies, on the other hand, are Mine and if they
cause you troubles, I take care of it..
Nothing can make Me suffer, nothing can
harm Me”. (Taken from the book ‘A Catholic Priest Meets Sai Baba’ by
Don Mario Muzzoleni ).
Dr. S.Bhagwantham, a renowned Nuclear
Physicist, and Advisor to the Ministry of Defence, Government of
India, also narrates his unique
experiences with Sathya Sai Baba. He says :
“I have a background of science. How I
reconcile this with what Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba does is a
question which has troubled me much. I will relate a few things, which
I hope will furnish some kind of answer to it. It is only my personal
I have seen miracles performed by Baba,
perhaps in thousands, and my long association with Him has brought me
to a position where I do not attach much importance to miracles. Let
me return to the fact that I am a scientist, and have a rational way
of thinking. This incident which I will narrate to you relate to
several years ago, when I was very proud to be a scientist. It was
just by chance that I came in contact with Baba. Somebody told me that
He is a Divine person. I must caution here, scientists think that
science means learning a discipline such as Physics or Chemistry and
that anything else is not worth heeding. This showed a closed mind
which is very contrary to what science teaches. Science teaches that
you should not have prejudice, that you should not come to the
judgment before you apply your own mind to
decide something. Unfortunately, many people who are half-learned,
come to a judgment either by using some logic or by using somebody
else’s experience. This is very unscientific. There were only a
hundred people with Baba one evening and He said, “Shall we go for a
walk?” And we walked down to Chitravati river
adjoining His Ashram…
We sat down on the sand. He started
provoking me saying that all scientists are atheists, and all
scientists want everything to be demonstrated before they can believe
it. They ask, “Is there God?” They want to see God. They cannot see
God, they say there is no God. Unless they
see something they do not believe it. And you are also like that. Don’t
you believe in God? Don’t you believe in Divinity? Don’t you believe
in our tradition and scriptures? I told Him, “Baba, one does not have
to learn anything to become an atheist. There are many people who are
ignorant, who are not learned and who do not believe in God. There are
many who are learned and the more learned you get, the more
unbelieving you become. Many people believe in God. So learning
science, or learning anything has nothing to do with believing in God.
I come from a family of good tradition. My father and grandfather were
all Sanskritists; they believed in God. ; yet
on account of modern trend I have learnt science to earn a living.
Although I cannot say that I am very religious, you should not
conclude that I do not believe in God.
I narrated the story of a distinguished
American Scientist, Oppenheimer, known as the father of the Atomic
Bomb. I told Him that when the first nuclear explosion occurred,
Oppenheimer was asked what he thought of the nuclear explosion and it
is on record that Oppenheimer quoted a verse from the Bhagavad Gita.
He said that the brilliance of such an act can only be described in
the language used by Arjuna when he had the manifestation of the Lord.
Arjuna described it by saying that the brightness is as if there were
one thousand Suns shining in the sky.
I said, “If an American can quote an
Indian text at the height of his scientific experiment, why do you
think I, an Indian of a traditional family, do not respect Indian
tradition and texts?”
I narrate this to show that the
conversation had been led by me, that the Gita was brought into
conversation by me. Then He said, “Oh, I see, so you believe in the
Bhagavad Gita? And you a scientist, respect the Bhagavad Gita, read
the Bhagavad Gita ?”
Again, the rational in me asserted
itself, and I said, “Of course I respect, of course I read it, but I
will read only if I want to”.
There were a hundred people sitting
there and He lifted a handful of sand with both hands and asked me to
stretch out my hand and put out the sand into my hands and under my
very eyes it turned into a small text of Bhagavad Gita. You can see
the sequence of event that I chose the place, I say that because it
could have happened that some one planted the Bhagavad Gita in the
sands. I brought in the conversation of Bhagavad Gita.
The rational in me said if it is a
printed text, it must be printed in some press. Immediately I asked
Baba, “You said that it is a printed text of Bhagavad Gita, where has
it been printed?” I said in the hope that I would be creating a small
problem for Him. The man who was greatly disturbed was
myself and the one who was completely
undisturbed and was enjoying the conversation was Baba. He smiled and
said, “ Yes, it has been printed in the Sai
Press” . Well Bhagavatam, I would like to know what science has got to
say about it. In fact, it can’t say anything about what has happened…
this went on year after year. One day we were
sitting on the shore of Cape Camorin. On the sea shore, there
were about 20 people around Him. He was playing with the water in the
sea. He was asking some people how we address the ocean. One young man
said that an ocean is called Ratnakara. Then He commented, “If it is
called Ratnakara, it must contain Ratnas or diamonds and the ocean
should give us diamonds”. I said, “Yes Baba, if
You wish, You can get diamonds”.
The people present wanted to see how He
was going to get the diamonds from the ocean. “Oh, Yes” He said, in
His Leela, in a childish way and took a handful water from the ocean,
and the water became a beautiful little diamond necklace in His hand.
He showed it to me and said, “What shall we do with it?”
Even then I could see that the
production of the necklace itself was pretty difficult. When he asked
what should be done with it, I noticed that the necklace was a small
one and as He had a big head. I thought I should ask Him to wear it.
Then He said, “Oh: I see, I should wear it”. Then He held the necklace
tight in His hand; it became a bigger necklace and He put it around
His head and looked at me and said, “Well I have worn it”.
I can relate several such incidents at
the end of which He was generous enough to recognise that I have this
conflict in me of trying to reconcile two opposing point of views.
This went on for three years, and at the end of three years, at a
public meeting at Madras, where there were more than ten thousand
people present, I was forced to admit that as a man of science I tried
to find a rational and logical explanation for all that I had seen,
but I had failed. There are many things that science cannot explain,
things which are beyond science. Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is not
subject to the ordinary laws of science. He is beyond science and what
He does cannot be explained by normal laws of science. Thereafter He
stopped performing miracles for me. Another interesting facet of Baba
is His ability to be present at different places at the same time.
Physical presence is something which I really cannot describe. I can
explain history, but divinity cannot be explained.
(All the above incidents are narrated by
Shri. S. Bhagavatham and taken from the book ‘Lord of Miracles!
Sai Baba and His Message’ by Satya Pal Rusida and
Bringing Dead Persons to Life
The resurrection of Radhakrishna,
a factory owner of Kappam, Andhra Pradesh, resembles very
closely to the resurrection of Lazarus by Jesus Christ. Howard
Murphet describes the incident vividly, exactly as it happened. He
had researched on it and found it fully authentic. In the words of
Howard Murphet: One evening Radhakrishna went into a coma and his
breathing was that of a dying man. Alarmed, the wife dashed off to
see Swami. The latter came to the room, looked at the patient, and
said, “Don’t worry, everything will be all right”, and left. On the
next day, the patient was still unconscious, Hemchand, his
son-in-law, brought a male nurse of the district to examine the
patient. The nurse gave his opinion that Radhakrishna was so near
death that there was no possibility of saving him. An hour later the
patient became very cold. The three anxious relatives heard what
they thought was the death rattle in his throat and watched him
turning blue and stiff. Vijaya and her mother went to see Baba who
was at that time upstairs in his dining room. When they told Him
that Radhakrishna seemed to be dead, He
He laughed and walked away to His bedroom.
Vijaya and her mother returned to the
room of the ‘dead’ man and waited. After a while, Swami came in and
looked at the body, but went away without saying or doing anything.
That was the evening of the second day
since Mr. Radhakrishna had become unconscious. The whole of the next
night passed, while the three stayed awake and anxiously watched for
any signs of returning life, there were no signs. Yet they
still had faith that Baba would somehow or
the other, in His own way, save Radhakrishna, for had He not said that
everything would be all right? On the morning of the third day the
body was more than ever like a corpse - dark, cold, quite stiff and
beginning to smell. Other people who came to see and sympathise told
Mrs. Radhakrishna that she should have the corpse removed from the
Ashram. But she replied, “Not unless Swami orders it”. Some even went
to Baba and suggested that, as the man was dead and the body smelling
of decomposition, it should be either sent back to Cuppam or cremated
at Puttaparthi. Swami simply replied, “We’ll see”.
When Mrs. Radhakrishna went upstairs
again to tell Baba what people were saying and asked Him what she
should do, He answered, “Do not listen to them, and have no fear. I am
here”. Then He said that He would come down to see her husband soon.
She went down again and waited, with her
daughter and son-in-law by the body. The minutes dragged by - an hour
passed - but Swami did not come. Then, when they were beginning to
despair entirely, the door opened, and there stood Baba in His red
robe, copious hair and shining smile. It was then about half-past-two
in the afternoon of the third day. Mrs. Radhakrishna went towards Baba
and burst into tears. Vijaya too began to cry. They were like Martha
and Marry, the sisters of Lazarus, weeping before the Lord who, they
thought, had come too late.
Baba gently asked the tearful women and
sorrowful Hemchand to leave the room. As they left, He closed the door
behind them. They do not know - no man knows - what happened in that
room where there were only Swami and the ‘dead’ man.
But after a few minutes Baba opened the
door and beckoned the waiting ones in. There, on the bed Radhakrishna
was looking up at them and smiling. Amazingly the stiffness of death
had vanished and his natural colour was returning. Baba went over,
stroked the patient’s head and said to him, “Talk to them, they’re
“Why worried?” asked Radhakrishna
puzzled, “I’m all right. You are here”.
Swami turned to the wife, “I have given
your husband to you”, He said. “Now get him a hot drink”.
When she brought it Swami Himself fed it
to Radhakrishna slowly with a spoon. For another half-an-hour He
remained there, strengthening the man He had raised. Then He blessed
the whole family, placing His hand on Mrs. Radhakrishna’s head, and
left the room.
When I spoke to Radhakrishna
himself about the experience, I asked him
if he had any memories at all of the time he was unconscious and to
all appearing dead. He replied, “No, when I became conscious again I
thought at first that it was the same day. Later they told me it had
been three days I was unconscious, that I was dead and actually
starting to stink. But Swami can do anything He wishes. He is God”.
(Taken from the book ‘Sai Baba: The Man
Of Miracles’, by Howard Murphet).
Resurrection of Walter Cowan, an
American, on the Christmas day of 1971 is perhaps the most dramatic,
unique and authentic event that reveals the Godlike power of Sai
Baba. Elsie Cowan, the wife of Walter Cowan,
We have come back from India, my husband
and I, brimful of the most astounding that could happen to anyone. It
is so fantastic that many doubt it, because hardly any of us realise
the great importance and the tremendous power of this great high God,
who not only walks the Earth, but cares for all the planets from Earth
into eternity. He gives us strength and power. He is compassionate,
but most of all, he gives us the protection which is His grace. In
time of need, He wraps His grace around us, like a very warm blanket,
soft and lovely, to soothe us into a state of bliss. Without Him there
would be no one to turn to; no father to ask; and even greater than
that, at the very deepest feeling, He makes us strong. There are no
tears, for the body goes back to the Earth. This is the story how our
great Lord Sai Baba resurrected Walter, who died in Madras. Little did
we know what was going to happen at that time, and when it did happen,
what could I say but, “Where would he rather die than at the feet of
this great, great Lord?”. It is the
blessing to know that the Great Lord takes care of us, places us where
we should be placed, or else, as in this case, after several hours, He
brings one back to life, as He did to Walter, my husband. There were
many people present, but Jack Hislop was there throughout, almost the
entire experience. Since he is the
wonderful devotee, and is very close to our Lord, Sai Baba, I have
asked him to tell the story as a third party.
Jack Hislop’s Account of this
Dear Elsie Cowan; this is a letter in
response to your request that I say what I know about your husband’s
experience in India, while you were there in December of 1971 and
January of 1972. My name is Jack Hislop. I live in Mexico. My wife and
I had visited Sathya Sai Baba a number of times in the past and we
were there again in 1972. We returned from
India on February 27th of this year after some four months
with Sathya Sai Baba.
As I recall, Walter and you arrived in
Madras on 23rd December 1971, and came to the building
where Baba was holding a conference with some three thousand
Presidents of His Seva Samitis. Baba at once came to you and gave
Walter and yourself a warm and affectionate greeting. Walter was
obviously not feeling well, and ushers had provided chair as soon as
you arrived. Thus, you were quite visible amidst the great crowd of
people, all of whom were sitting on the floor as is the custom in
On the morning of the 25th
December, news quietly spread that an elderly American had a fatal
attack of what was thought to be a heart trouble and had passed away.
Upon hearing the rumour my wife and I at once went to your hotel. You
confirmed the news, and told us how the attack had felled Walter in
the hotel room. You had prayed to Sathya Sai Baba for help at this
trying moment of your life, but with great self-control and
recollection of human mortality, you had ended your prayer with ‘Let
God’s will be done’, you at once remembered that Mr & Mrs. Ratanlal
were staying in a room almost next door to yours and you called her.
Mrs. Ratanlal came immediately. With her help, you summoned a room boy
and Walter was lifted from the floor to the bed. Mr. Ratanlal joined
you in your prayer, for it was soon evident to you that Walter had
indeed passed away from the body. Someone called for the ambulance to
take Walter to the hospital, but it was your experience that Walter
had died in your arms, soon after having been lifted from the floor to
the bed, and you were so exhausted that you could not accompany the
then lifeless body into the ambulance. These events had taken place in
the early morning hours of 25 December. But at 7 A.M. you had
recovered sufficient strength to go with Mrs. Ratanlal to Baba’s place
of residence to tell Him the news and ask for His advice and help.
Baba said that He would visit the hospital around 10 a.m.
At 10 A.M. Mrs. Ratanlal accompanied you
to the hospital, but you were told that Baba had already been there,
and had left just before you arrived. Upon entering the hospital, you
found Walter alive. That Walter was alive at 10 A.M. on 25th
December is certain but how about his death? Was there any medical
certification that he had died? After all, two ladies very much upset
at a tragic event - could not perhaps, make the same tests for life,
as would a medical doctor not personally involved in the emotional
impact of the situation.
To clarify this point, at my request,
Judge Damodar Rao of Madras interviewed the doctor who had attended
Walter when he arrived at the hospital. This attending physician is
well known to Judge Damodar Rao personally and the doctor told Judge
Rao that Walter was indeed dead when he had examined Walter shortly
after the ambulance had delivered him to the hospital.
The doctor said that there was no sign
of life; that he pronounced “Walter as dead; that Walter’s ear and
nose were stuffed with cotton, that Walter was covered with a sheet
and sent into an empty room.
The doctor then left the hospital on
some professional duty, and had missed seeing Baba when He was at the
hospital. The doctor arrived back at the hospital after Baba had left.
When the doctor returned to the hospital, Walter was alive. The doctor
found himself unable to explain the
situation. It seemed worthwhile to me to make an investigation for
medical verification on Walter’s death, because such verification
might be a factor of interest to people who had never seen Sathya Sai
Baba, and who might have a very limited knowledge of Him. But, medical
testimony is not a factor of any importance to devotees of Baba. To
His devotees, what he said about Mr. Cowan was the truth of the matter.
I saw Baba at His place of residence
after He had returned from hospital. He told me and others within
hearing that Walter Cowan had died and the hospital had stuffed his
ears and nose with cotton, and covered him with a sheet, and put the
body in the closed room. Baba said that He had brought Walter back to
life. I did not enquire of Baba as to how He had brought Walter back
to life or reasons for doing so nor, to the
best of my knowledge, did anyone else. This is a mystery that Baba has
not as yet chosen to explain.
There was a later occurrence of great
interest to me. A day later, on 26th December, Appa and I
accompanied Baba to the home of a devotee. From there, He went to a
meeting of the lady members of Nagara Sai Samithi where Baba was to
give award and speak. Appa and I were sitting on the platform just a
few feet away from Baba and were able to observe Him closely. He made
the award and gave a spiritual discourse, all without any break or any
moment of hesitation. From the meeting, we were to go to the home of
another devotee for lunch.
As soon as we got in the car, Baba
turned to us and said, “While I was talking in the meeting, Mrs. Cowan
called Me. I went to the hospital at once
and did what was necessary. Mr. Cowan’s health had taken a turn for
the worse”. So even while busy on the speaker’s platform, Baba had
gone to the hospital and had done what was necessary. But, to the eyes
of Shri Appa and myself, Baba had continued
in action and speech on the platform for the whole time there, without
any break or hesitation whatsoever. How does one explain this mystery?
When we arrived at the devotees house for
lunch, Baba turned to us and said, “You will not be able to join me
for lunch. Take this Vibhuti to the hospital and give Mr. Cowan some
in the mouth and rub the rest on the forehead and the chest. If you
walk to the corner over there you will find Mrs. Hislop there in a
taxi. She will take you to the hospital”.
Now the fact was that my wife had been
following Baba in a taxi. However, she had taken great pains to stay
out of sight, but her efforts were to no avail. As usual Baba knew
everything. When we reached the hospital with the Vibhuti, Mrs. Cowan
said, “Walter took a very bad turn just a little while ago. I thought
he was dead, and I was terrified. I at once called Baba in a loud tone
of voice. Now, Walter seems a little improved. When I called Baba I
felt His presence at once, by saying this Elsie, you independently
corroborated Baba’s statement in the car, to Shri Appa and myself.
A week or so later, I was speaking with
Baba at Prasanthi Nilayam. Walter and you were still in Madras and
Walter was in the hospital. Baba said, “Today I received a telegram
from Mrs. Cowan. Mr. Cowan was in a very serious condition again. I
answered the telegram. “Mr.Cowan will be out of the hospital soon, and
will come to Bangalore. It is my Sankalpa, My Will…” Of course, Elsie
there was no physical telegram. The telegram was your prayer. In the
same conversation, Baba said Mr. Cowan died three times. I had to
bring him back three times. Walter and you did indeed come to
Bangalore, and you were waiting at the West End Hotel when my wife and
I returned from Prasanthi Nilayam. To our eyes, Walter appeared to be
extraordinarily well. The next morning when we went out to visit Baba
at Whitefield I reported Walter’s
condition to Him. He said, “Tell nobody that you will ride into
Bangalore with Me in the afternoon, in the
late afternoon and I will visit Mr. Cowan. Send your wife ahead in a
Baba did visit Mr. Cowan and visited him
a second time few days later. Then Baba told you that Mr. Cowan was
strong enough to make the fifteen-mile drive to Whitefield each
morning, and that he was to return to the hotel at noon each day and
rest during the afternoon. Dr. Gyaneshwaran, with whom I and my wife
had been acquainted for several years, was your attending physician in
Bangalore. He counted himself extremely fortunate because he was in
the room when Baba arrived. Walter and you graciously allowed him to
bring his family also inside the room in order to have Baba’s Darshan.
Then, some time later, by virtue of being Walter’s physician,
Gyaneshwaran was also to be inside Baba’s house at Whitefield when
Baba performed a very beautiful and very significant Vedic wedding
ceremony for Walter and yourself.
Dr. Gyaneshwaran had Walter’s medical history, with its
specific laboratory tests, showing severe diabetes of long standing
and various other diseased conditions.
After assuming his responsibility as your Bangalore
physician, and a standard medical man, rechecked the finding of
Walter’s American doctors with his own laboratory tests.
Not only were the diabetic symptoms completely absent but the taste of
the other diseases were similarly negative. He could scarcely believe
the results of the laboratory tests. He explained, “Only the Divine
Baba - only God Himself could do this”.
The extraordinary fact seems to be that
the total organism that was Mr. Walter Cowan, died, the only entity
that returned to life was Walter himself. Walter’s various diseases
died with him, but the diseases were not reborn - only Walter was
reborn. A most marvelous inscrutable event was it not? All of the
foregoing does not, of course, imply that Walter’s physical body has
become immortal. Of course, he has had some bad days. At times, he has
become over tired, and at another times,
has suffered perhaps because of an injudicious meal. After all, it is
not a teenaged body; it is an aged body, but nevertheless, a great
miracle really happened.
Walter is alive again, free of disease
and filled with enthusiasm to tell people of the Divine presence of
Sri Sathya Sai Baba…
Thus, Walter had a most extraordinary
experience in December, 1971 and January, 1972. Both of you know
directly the Divine Grace of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Walter Cowan’s Account of his
While in Connemara Hotel in Madras, I
was taken very sick with pneumonia two days after I arrived and was in
bed. As I gasped for breath, suddenly the body’s struggle was over and
I died. I found myself very calm, in a state of wonderful bliss and
the Lord, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, was by my side.
Even though my body lay on the bed, dead. My mind kept working
throughout until Baba brought me back. There was no anxiety or fear,
but a tremendous sense of well being, for I had lost all fear of death.
Baba took me to very large hall where
there were hundreds of people miling around. It was the hall where all
the records of my lives were kept. Baba and I stood before the court
of justice. The one incharge knew Baba very well and he asked for the
records of all my lives. He was very nice and kind,
and I had the feeling that whatever was decided would be the best for
The records were brought into the hall -
armloads of scrolls - and all of them seemed to be in different
languages. As they were read, Baba interpreted them. In the beginning
they told me of countries that have not existed for thousands of years
and I could not recall them. When they reached King David, the reading
of my life became more exciting. I could hardly believe how great I
apparently was in each life that followed. As they continued reading
my lives, it seemed that what really counted was my motives and
character, as I stood for outstanding peace and spirituality. I did
not remember all the names, but I am included in almost all the
history books of the world from the beginning of time. As I incarnated
in different countries, I carried out my mission - which was peace and
After about two hours, they finished
reading the scrolls, and the Lord, Sai Baba said that I had not
completed the work that I was born to do, and he asked the judge that
I be turned over to Him to complete my mission of spreading the truth
and He requested that my soul be returned to my
body under Baba’s grace. The judge said, “So be it”. The case
was dismissed and I left with Baba to return to my body. I hesitated
to leave this wonderful bliss but I knew it was best to complete my
mission so that I could merge with the Lord, Sai Baba.
I related the story to Elsie at once,
and she recorded it. I also talked it over with Baba and he said it
was not my imagination - it was a true experience. My life goes on now
under the grace of Sai Baba whom I adore and to whom I owe my life.
Walter R. Cowan
(Taken from the book ‘Sai Baba, the
Rose Fire Of Heaven’ by Krishna Nandan
In the early days Swami used to go to
Madras quite often, there was a family in Madras at whose house
Swami usually stayed. He also drove His own car, although now He
does not. Now He always has a driver, who takes Him everywhere, in a
car, which somebody has put there for His use.
But before He had His present car, Swami
had an old Chevrolet Station Wagon.
He used to drive one of the cars Himself.
When He would go to Madras to visit His devotees there, other devotees
would gather along the road at various places to see Swami drive by.
The car would be coming along at a very fast clip and sitting behind
the wheel was Swami with His arms folded, with the car going along -
about two inches of the road - not even touching the road.
One time He went to Madras and arrived
unexpectedly at the house of His hostess. You know when an Avathar
comes to visit your house, I am sure you would have something with
which to greet Him. Some flowers or a tray of food
or some way of welcoming the great man to your house. That was
the case with this hostess too.
Swami came to the door and knocked. The
hostess answered, saw Swami standing there, and exclaimed, “Oh, Swami,
Swami, I’m so happy to see you. But Swami you did not tell me you were
coming, and I don’t have anything to
welcome you with. I don’t have flowers or fruit. I don’t have anything”.
The poor lady was quite distraught. So Swami said, “Don’t worry,
don’t worry”. Then he turned around and
beckoned at the car.
Out of the car came two angels with
wings, carrying a big silver tray, loaded with fruit and flowers and
everything the hostess would need to welcome Swami. The angels brought
this tray up to the house and gave it to the hostess. Then Swami
turned to the angels and waved them back to the car. They floated back
to the car folded their wings, got in the car, and disappeared.
(Matter taken from the book ‘Seeking
Divinity’, by Dr. John S. Hislop, published by Sri Sathya Sai
Well, that much for Baba’s Miracles. I
would say that this is only a tip of an iceberg. If the entire sky
would turn into the paper and all the water of all the oceans of the
world became ink, and the whole Earth appeared as a fountain pen,
still I would not be able to write and complete all the miracles,
performed by Bhagavan Baba so far.
In the next chapter, the author will
deal with BABA’S CRITICS.