Ring with three diamonds
Morning Darshan, April 22, 1997, at
Kodaikanal - in the Southern Mountains of India - I sat waiting
and watching with my fellow travellers from Australia. With me was
a book I had written about my experiences of the spiritual in
general, which had turned (with my growing knowledge) toward
Sathya Sai Baba. Sai approached a member of our group and asked
"How many?" There were 46 (some feel 48) in our group but Swami
said - "Go."
Once on the verandah
He allowed the 9 men and 9 women go into Interview, sending back
the rest. But in doing this, showed His total understanding. He
said there were only 40 in the group, not 46 (48). And later, we
discussed this and realised it was correct. Only 40 came from
Australia to India, together. 6 (or was it 8 ?) joined the rest at
various places - some joining up with the main group 2 weeks after
we arrived. Sai showed He knew how many were in the "group"
excluding late comers.
In Interview, He
spoke to each person as He always does. He had given us a talk
which seemed to cover many issues we had in mind anyway - was He
saving time ? He produced a ring for one of the group (Robin) then
turned to me. He didn't ask the usual questions - "why have you
come ?" or "what do you want ?" Instead, He asked me - "and what
about you ?" I brought the book out from its hiding place and
asked if He would bless and sign it for me.
He ushered me
forward, flicking through the book, pausing here and there for a
nod or short comment, then asked for a pen. Once signed, He toyed
with my hands, squeezing them and the like, then in His usual
fashion, while still holding my right hand, with His left, He
rotated His right hand. At first I thought He was about to create
some Vibhutti for me, as I had a major leg injury at the time, but
under His down-turned palm, I saw a gold flash, which He closed
His hand and caught. Opening His hand up again, there lay the ring
in His palm. He took it to my left hand and placed it over the
"wedding finger" then asked me what the 3 diamonds meant. I had
read - and knew - the basic answer to this question. But instead,
I couldn't hold back from saying - "one for each Sai." He said,
"no, no, no - die mind." With this, He turned to the group and
gave a short talk about how we must try to kill our minds of
desires - die mind. But I was too engrossed looking and feeling
the ring on my finger.
A number of amazing
things have taken place around this ring. If the reader is
interested in knowing more, then go to the following site, where
the book is on line and free to all who wish to read it.
- Graham Dodd