Mystery of a Small Girl Solved
One day Swami
was giving darshan (sight of a holy person) to the devotees in
Prasanthi Nilayam. As he walked amongst them, I saw a small
girl, scarcely five years old, trying to give a letter to Swami.
'Did this child write the letter? Perhaps her mother would have
written it', I thought.
Even as this thought flashed
across my mind, I saw Swami taking the letter, crumpling it and
throwing it down as if it were waste paper. This strange act of
His made me wonder, 'Maybe Swami meant that the letter was a
waste. Did it mean that their prayer was answered? He is
compassionate. He might have answered. Even if He did not, I
don't think he would indicate that.'
I got my answer when I went home for the summer holidays. I
heard about the experience which threw light upon that incident.
The small girl I had seen that day had a heart ailment. The
doctors in Madras and Hyderabad confirmed the presence of a hole
in her heart. When they came to the Sathya Sai Baba Super
Specialty Hospital at Prasanthi Nilayam, the same diagnosis was
given. The date of the operation was fixed. The girl's mother
wrote a letter to Swami about the operation, and asked the girl
to hand it over to Him. This was the scene I had witnessed a few
months ago. The mother saw Swami crumpling the letter and took
it as a rejection. Her heart bled for her child. The day of the
The girl was wheeled into the
operating theater. When the final tests were done, the doctors
could not believe what they found. They checked again and found
no trace of the hole in the heart. The child was perfectly
healthy. They went home glad and grateful. What a way to
Only He knows the purpose of what he does. However, once in a
while He does let us peep behind the curtain of His mystery. He
wants to confer joy on us. Perhaps, he wants us to understand
him. But then, why does he say we should not try to understand;
only experience him? Probably, he gives us these glimpses so
that we will know the inscrutable nature of his deeds, and the
futility of our efforts to comprehend them.
From Trayee Saptamayee
Commemorative Tribute to Sathya Sai Baba's 70th birthday
Published by Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust.
"Many of you come here to me
with problems of health and mental
worry of one sort or another.
They are mere baits by which you have
been brought here. But the main
purpose is that you may have grace
and strengthen your
faith in the divine."
Sathya Sai Baba