News from Connie Shaw's recent
trip to see Baba
Forwarded by : Holly Spragens
Dear Friends, Family, Brothers and Sisters, Colleagues,
There were several unique features to our most recent trip to Sai
Baba's Puttaparthi, India ashram. Rather than writing a lengthy
report, I'll just hit the highlights to make the following very
easy reading for you. Three of us from our center left about Dec.
16th and returned home to Colorado on Jan. 5th. The Indo-Pak
struggles hit a new high - or was it a new low - while we were
there but we felt utterly safe the entire time. Indiaphiles and
Sai devotees will
appreciate the details of the following:
1. Crowds: Except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day, the crowds
in Sai Kulwant Hall were so sparse that the hall was about
three-quarters full most days.
2. Weather was unseasonably cold for India with lots of wool
head-warmers and heavy shawls in sight.
3. War and Expansion of Consciousness for Humanity: An American
physician (anesthesiologist from the Midwest) with whom I spoke
had two interviews before we were graced with ours on our last
3rd. He reported in a group meeting of about sixteen people that
Baba had said:
a. Bush is frustrated with the war and with his advisors who have
special interests as motivations.
b. Baba will up the level human consciousness not in one step but
by gradual stages.
c. In response to the doctor's question, "Swami, how do You manage
it when Muslims pray five times a day, Christians pray to You,and
all are bombing each other?"
Baba: These prayers are rote/automatic, not from the heart. I
don't respond to such prayers. The way to deal with terrorism is
not to kill people. Do you know who the real terrorists are?
Hatred and jealousy in every heart. Deal with that in your own
hearts, then we will have peace."
4. Healings: Another Indian-American family, with relatives in
Delhi, had an interview the day after Christmas. (Dr. Sunny
Ananda's parents and in-laws) Baba gave a Christmas Discourse as
He always does (enjoining us to take the love of Jesus as our
5. Resurrection: On Christmas Eve morning after Baba's darshan and
before bhajan singing, one of His attendants expired on the temple
veranda. He was about twenty-six and just keeled over. There were
still a few doctors and others who had not yet gone to breakfast.
They ran for Swami, Who was in the area and said, "Swami! Your
attendant has just expired! Shall we remove the body and call his
parents immediately?" Baba replied, "Don't touch the body! Bring
me a glass of water." When the water arrived, Baba sprinkled a few
drops into the mouth of the deceased and brought him back to life.
After the resurrection, Baba told him to rest for ten days, not to
darshan, and not to give his name out to protect his privacy and
the health of the subtle bodies. Just as newborns have to rest
away from the harsh vibrations of worldly people upon entry into
our plane of existence, resurrected people also must take strict
rest. When our friend Bharosa Adhikari of Nepal was resurrected by
Baba after dying
of a heart attack during devotional singing in Sai Kulwant Hall,
Baba later made her stay in the hospital for 16 days. She couldn't
speak for 26 hours after being re-born.
6. Other Resurrections: We now have knowledge of 19 resurrections
and have personally met four people who have been brought back to
life by Sathya Sai Baba.
7. Unconfirmed Resurrection Report: We were told on Jan. 3, 2002
by a friend of 20 years, who is a permanent resident in the
ashram, that Mr. Suri was resurrected twice by Baba last year.
Surely there have been countless resurrections, the details of
which will be shrouded in mystery.
8. Our Interview: On Dec. 3, 2002, four of us Americans (purple
scarves) went into the Interview Room with ten Italians (orange
ribbons with gold medallions) and six Russians (blue, white and
yellow scarves). Baba manifested a three-diamond ring for an
Italian man; a large diamond ring for another Italian; a gold and
silver watch for a Russian.
a. An Italian woman asked if the messages she had been receiving
daily, and writing down, were from Him. He said "Yes, they are."
b. Connie showed Baba the recent photo making the rounds and asked
if the so-called Krishna photo with Baba's face on it were
legitimate, as it looked very suspicious to her and she suspected
it was a computer rendering with a fraudulent story attached to
the photo re its origin. Baba said, "This is artificial. It is
(like a) painting." Connie asked, "You mean, as on the computer,
Swami?" Baba replied, "Yes, I don't like artificial (things)." He
tossed it down.
Connie thanked Him for confirming it.
c. Baba healed a boy with high blood pressure in the rear
Interview Room. He said He would bless and heal others.
d. Connie asked Baba in the rear room, "Swami, NO JOKING NOW, how
much longer will the war last? Really, NO JOKING!"
Baba: Really, no joking. (He made some invisible writing in the
Five years more. In 2007 there will be no more war. Peace on
Connie: Five more years?! Then really, truly the war will be over?
Baba: Yes, you will see.
Connie: Then what about the Golden Age (of Peace and Plenty which
will last for a thousand years)? When will that actually be here?
Baba: The Golden Age must begin in each person's heart. Then only
can we have peace on earth. Each must start now to make the Golden
Age in his heart.
Connie: But Swami, we're all doing the best we can in that
(department) now. I mean when will (all of) humanity agree - This
is the Golden Age, here, now?
Baba: In five years. 2007. By then. All must do their part. He
blessed the group, answered personal questions and specifically
told Connie to do Sai radio, TV and to write (books, articles)
consistently. She has been doing radio and TV off and on for
9. Connie's friend, Mrs. Hejmadi, nearly died of cholera, but
after 30 bottles of IV fluid and Baba's grace, she recovered and
is back at work escorting devotees to the Interview Room.
While in India and since, I have received extensive guidance that
the year 2002 will stretch all of us in every possible way. We
must not waste any time or energy and need to pray constantly and
to be watchful for ways to selflessly serve those around us who
may be confused, uninformed, depressed, ill, lonely, fearful,
overwhelmed or otherwise unproductively engaged. Meet them where
they are (in consciousness, belief), rally them to action serving
others, and train as many people as possible to lead others to the
Truth of Being within, regardless of creed, culture, religion,
caste, degree of ignorance or despair. Baba battery-charges us, we
battery-charge each other.
Runners: At your mark! (Race-car) Drivers: Start your engines.
Light-workers: The count-down to the Golden Age and cessation of
war has begun.
Let's make our time and our lives (consciously) count!
Lovingly, from the deep stillness of the I AM Presence Which
suffuses all Being,
Sai Newsletter - January 2002