How Sathya Sai Baba blessed
His Devotee In Her Last Moments
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Throughout the 1940s, and for
most of the 1950s, Baba often went into a trance during his
out-of-the-body journeys. Suddenly and unexpectedly he would
become unconscious, and those near him would know that he was
away, probably with some devotee at a distant place. On
returning, he might or might not tell those around him something
of what happened.
On occasions there would be reciprocal effects on Baba's
physical body indicative of what he was doing. Sometimes, for
instance, a few words of what he was saying at the distant place
would issue from his physical lips. At other times vibhuti would
emanate from his body. This latter was usually when he had gone
to be present at the death of a devotee. Mr. Kasturi says, "On
such occasions, symbolic of death, destruction and the end of
the temporary and the evanescent, sacred vibhuti issues from the
mouth of the body that Baba leaves behind in order to proceed to
Kasturi then gives an example. At about 5.20 p.m. on November
15th 1958 Baba was reading a letter aloud to some people around
him, when suddenly he exclaimed, "Ha!" and fell to the floor.
The body was quiet for ten minutes, then it appeared to cough.
Puffs of vibhuti were coming from the mouth, shooting out,
Kasturi says, "to a distance of more than a foot and a half".
At 5.35 pm., having been unconscious for fifteen minutes, he
resumed the reading where he had left off, quite naturally and
showing no signs of exhaustion. When requested, he told the
devotees where he had been - Dehra Dun in the Himalayas. There
he said the mother of a doctor, well-known in the ashram, had
just passed away. Baba had gone to give her help at the time of
transition, which was 5.30 p.m. He also remarked that the
doctor, her son, was present at the woman's death in Dehra Dun,
and that people were singing bhajan songs in the room there. He
further described how the old lady had at the end announced to
everybody: "This is my last breath", and then expired.
Two days later, on November 17th, a letter came to Baba from the
doctor whose mother had died. He wrote, "My mother drew her last
breath on Saturday, at 5.30 p.m. We were doing bhajan during her
last hours as per her wish. She was remembering you constantly."
Reference: “Sai Baba: Man
of Miracles” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 139. (paperback
edition, 1972). Published by Macmillan India Ltd.