Once Seva workers of the Sri
Sathya Sai Seva Organization reached the outskirts of a remote
battered village with packets of food, medicine, clothes and
blankets. When they arrived at the village, it was past noon
and the entire area was submerged. It was still drizzling. The
volunteers stood at the gate hoping someone would come forward
to show them where the survivors were most in need of their
services and goods.
Finally, some villagers saw them
and came running. The volunteers thought that help had come
and they would be directed to where they could be of the most
use, but the villagers began snatching and grabbing the rescue
items. The volunteers stood there dumbstruck not knowing whom
to pacify and whom to control. They were themselves drenched
Then a Girl appeared and pacified the
villagers. She told sweetly the necessity of being patient and
disciplined and to allow the helping team to carry out their
mission. She enabled the volunteers to reach those with the
most urgent needs first, such as first aid, medicine and food,
and helped organize the entire rescue mission. When the villagers
became impatient, she spoke a few kind words and also lent a
helping hand in the distribution of food packets and medicine.
Throughout the day, she led the team through the muddy and flooded
roads to every nook and corner where people were who required
help. She never looked tired and her face was always radiating
with gratitude and loving-kindness.
The Seva Dal team
finished their work and sat down for some rest. Suddenly one
of the Seva Dal team members recollected that while the girl
had taken them to all the needy people and helped them distribute
food and medicine she had not taken any food for herself.
They asked her why she had not taken any food packet.
Hesitatingly, the girl said that her GURU had told her that
duty towards others should be the prime concern and when that
duty is fulfilled He himself will take care of their needs.
Such a small girl, staying in a poor condition and imparting
the knowledge of the highest teachings reflecting implicit faith
in her Guru held the team in awe and admiration. They inquired
about the Guru and also wanted to know how she had met her guru.
The girl said, "I have not met or even seen my
guru personally but I have his photo given to me by my teacher
who stays in the nearby town."
The team members
got more curious and asked her the name of her guru. "Bhagawan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba," came the prompt reply. "I am
a Bal Vikas student," she said further with a voice soaked
in reverence and pride.
Everyone of the Seva Dal members
were in Tears.
Swami always and every time reminds all
of us, "There is no other quality nobler than Love in this
world. The highest spiritual practice is to transform this love
into service, Serve and help the Needy, Swami will be closest
to you when you do Service and help the Needy".
Om Sai Ram.
HIS BODY AND COMES BACK TEN MINUTES LATER
Narrated by a Dear Sai Brother:
(A Trayee experience,
happened when one of our sirs Devsen was a student)
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 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
"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 shell-shocked.
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
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 and presence.
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 present.
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.
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.
Swami once materialized a beautiful watch
with Diamonds for a devotee from Sweden , The Next day Swami
noticed that the person was not wearing the watch. When Swami
asked him the person smiled and kept quite, Swami again asked
him the next day and the person said that " He could not
take the Watch to Sweden as He will asked for the Purchase Voucher
by the Authorities and if he did not produce it, it will be
classified as stolen property and that they would take it away
from him, So saying He gave the watch back to Swami.
Swami smiled and said "You only want the Voucher, that's
By a Wave of His Divine Hand, Bhagawan materialised
a Voucher and said that He could produce it at the airport and
there would be no worry at all.
This person still had
his doubts like we all do at some point or the other, He rang
up the watch company and asked them questions like ?Is this
your company's Watch? Is this the watch that you had sold?
To whom? and all the other details?.
He got the most
amazing answer, the Shopkeeper told him that "The Watch
was purchased by a Man wearing a red robe with thick hair",
The Shopkeeper said that " He remembered him quite Vividly
because everyone who purchases a Watch take the Voucher with
them when they go, But this Particular Man had come again and
asked for a "Duplicate Voucher ". Nobody so far had
come back for a Duplicate Voucher.
Swami being in Prasanthi
Nilayam and giving Divine Darshan to all had purchased the watch
and brought back the voucher while at the same time being in
Prasanthi Nilayam because Bhagavan is everywhere.?
brought you the Ring along with the sand" - Swami
Swami once materialised a ring for a young man from
Chitagand (Nagaland). As the young man was involved in road
construction work he lost the Ring. After a Few months he went
to Prasanthi Nilayam, and pleaded with Bhagawan that He had "Lost
Swami smiled and said " What I give is
never ever lost, Bhagawan then materialised the ring along with
his Divine Hand full of "Sand "
said " This Ring was lost on the Road, I brought it along
with the Sand from there ". So saying Bhagawan gave the
ring back to him.
you come From?
One of the most wonderful questions
that Swami puts to the boys of the Primary School is "Where
do you come from??
The Inevitable answer is ?Swami, I
come from You, Swami!?
will turn to the big boys and say, ?See? He says, ?From You,
Swami,? whereas you fellows say, ?From Bombay or from Chennai.?
Chi! See those boys!?
And then He?ll ask another little boy,
?How old are you??
?How do you
told me, Swami.?
Hey, where are you fellows? How old are you??
?How do you
?Date on birth
See, what nice
answers given by the little boys!
As a result, the big
boys wanted to copy them so that Swami would appreciate them
Then He asked one big boy (I mean a postgraduate
student), ?Hey, where do you come from?? Swami asked this question
That boy said, ?I come from You, Swami,? imitating
the primary school boy.
said, ?Oh, from Me? Then you must know Telugu! If you are from
Me, why don?t you know Telugu??
fellow could not give an answer, Swami said again, ?Where do
you come from??
He could not
you give an answer??
?Uh, I don?t
?From Me?, so then you must know Telugu!?
So, it was
a big joke. But at the same time, it was a hint that we should
never imitate; we should never copy.
Long ago Bhagavan
said, ?Imitation is human. Creation is Divine.?
basically Divine. We don?t have to imitate. When we imitate,
we lose our originality; we lose our nature; we lose our identity.
So let us be creative by being original. This is a lesson for
of Bhagawan's Love
This is was related to
me by One of my Dear Sai Brothers who had studied in the Institute
in Prasanthi Nilayam.
When he was in the High School
and before Sai Kulwanth Hall was built, This boy Naresh was
wanting to give a letter to Swami very badly and was trying
very much for a week to no avail, On One Sunday Swami suddenly
called him and told him " to call his Mother and ask her
as to how she was", Naresh had written exactly about His
Mother in the letter and had asked Swami to help his Mother
regain her health a she was suffering very badly from severe
Swami the smiled and told Naresh that "I
know everything what you and everyone writes to me, Everyone
thinks about oneself, Their family and their Friends, Swami
thinks about everyone at everytime that is why Swami knows about
everything", Swami then scolded him as to why did he not
tell Swami directly about His Mother's Health and write a letter
Instead, Swami gave him Vibuthi Prasadam and his Mother was
all right in a Few weeks time.
That is the Power of
I remember Swami telling the Students
once in the Old Prasanthi Mandir Portico when all the Students
were thrusting letters in His Hands that "Swami knew everything
that was written in each and every letter" and he took
a few letters and told each boy the same thing that was written
in that letter.
Swami is in our Heart always that is
why Whatever we write to Swami is already known to Bhagawan,
it is only to make us happy, Please us that Swami takes letters
from us, Swami knows how happy anyone feels if Bhagawan takes
Om Sai Ram
- A Divine Miracle
Whenever A Flower falls from Swami's
Photo in our House, We feel Bhagawan's Presence,I have many
times experienced Swami's Presence in those times and many of
you must have also done the same.
This is a Wonderful
incident which Shows Swami's Grace and Love towards everyone
There was a Person by named Shri.Hariharan in
Kurnool who was in need of an operation for quite a Long time,
It was a Major operation on his Kidney's which Doctors said
could not guarantee his health back, Swami told him three times
to "Wait" whenever He asked Swami about the Operation,
In December'1998 he went ahead with the Operation, At the time
of the operation, His Mother was praying in the Pooja Room when
A Rose on Bhagawan's Photo Feel down, His Mother put it back,
After around another 15 minutes it feel down again, Then again.
It happened three times. When his Mother met the Doctor the
Next day, The Perplexed Doctor who performed the Operation told
her that He was not sure about some Procedures during the operation
and had to take some Quick Decisions, He felt that Someone was
telling him what To do from deep inside him, whispering in his
Ears and he felt that Someone was guiding him throughout.
A Few months after the Surgery when Shri.Hariharan went
to Parthi for Darshan, Swami told him "Swami maata vinaru,
kaane Swami matuku help cheyali" meaning "You do not
listen to my Words and then you want Swami to help you ",
Swami told him that He was guiding the Doctor all the way and
was with his Mother consoling her all the time. Needless to
say Shri.Hariharan is happy and healthy today.
Om Sai Ram.
When the Giant Hanuman Statue In
the Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium was being made, Swami used
to go everyday to see the Chiselling by many architects.
During one such Visit Bhagawan was standing right on top
of the Hill overlooking the Stadium, when Swami saw two boys
standing in front of the Institute gate and talking, they were
like tiny dots on the Horizon, Swami smiled and moved away,
In the evening During Bhajan Swami called both the Boys aside
in the mandir Portico and told them that Swami saw them from
the Top of the Hill and that they were talking, Swami then said
that as to how anyone can see and notice people from so far
away, Swami said that Swami can see anyone from anywhere and
Swami's "Mind is everywhere (Na Buddhi, Manasu sarvam unnadhi),
How? because My Mind is Pure always".
Incident happened during that time when Swami was going out
in the Wonderful Red Mercedes a few minutes after Morning Bhajan,
Most of the Students had gone back, Swami saw two of the boys
talking on the road leading to the Stadium, In the evening during
Darshan Bhagawan called them up and told them that "Swami
wants His Boys to be the most disciplined wherever they go and
in whatever they do, they should be the leading lights of the
Swami said that Not only "My Boys"
but all the people who come to me should be disciplined in every
way, only then can everyone spread my message, Practise more
than preaching is important, everyone who comes to me should
practise what I say and then tell others what to do, Swami practises
whatever he says, that Is why everybody Follows Swami".
Wonderful Words from Bhagawan.