God is Omni Present; Sai is God; Sai is Omni
Present. He can be present in all the places, at the same. He can
manifest Himself in Human form anywhere any time. There are
innumerable instances of His Omnipresence, many of which have gone
unnoticed and unpublished.
This incident under narration
is concerned with a gentleman in “Zimbabwe” (earlier called
Southern Rhodesia) in Africa. When the incident took place, the
white minorities ruled country and the native blacks were simply
treated as slaves, till that country attained political
independence. The natives were a poor lot and the rich landlords
subjected them to very bad treatment. A rich gentleman, who owned
lot of properties in that country, had come down to India and was
staying in a fashionable hotel in Bombay. He came in contact with
many overseas visitors in that hotel. Some of them happened to be
devotees of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Naturally, in the
informal dialogues, the subject matter would be Baba Himself. He
was hearing about Baba for the first time and came to be impressed
by some of the miracles reported by others. Incidentally, Bhagavan
Baba had also come to Bombay at that time on a Divine visit and
was in Dharmakshethra. Our gentleman form Zimbabwe, accompanied
others to hive Baba’s Darshan. Having been so strongly drawn in,
by the Divinity of Bhagavan, he followed Swami to Puttaparthi and
stayed there for the next few months.
In Prashanthi Nilayam, several
opportunities came hi way to witness the Divine Miracles. He was
also blessed with many interviews. Swami had explained to him the
purpose of human birth in this planet and the necessity to live a
pious and spiritual life. He was made to understand that divinity
is inherent in all the creation and that love should be extended
to and shared with all others especially those who work for him.
Gradually Swami brought about in him a new orientation in his
attitudes and moulded him into a good character. After a few
months of stay in the Divine presence, he was directed by Swami to
go back to his country. Without any mind to return, he had to
leave Prashanthi Nilayam reluctantly and reached Bombay on his way
back to his country. During the entire period of his blissful days
in Prashanthi Nilayam, he was unaware of the happenings around the
world, especially in his own country.
On reaching Bombay, he came to
know of the political upheaval in his country, involving the take
over of the country by the black people from the white minority
government. The black people’s attitude appeared hostile towards
the white people especially the rich landlords. All the property
had been taken over by the workers. He was very much worried. What
would have happened in his ranch and the landed properties? At the
earliest opportunity, he put through a long distance call to his
ranch manager and enquired about the condition. He was surprised
to hear from his manager that though the country was passing
through a state of turbulence, his range and properties had not
been affected. On the contrary, the workers very considerate and
demonstrated a total loyalty, something unbelievable. He promised
to rerun back soonest by the first available flight. “All by Sai’s
Grace!” he thought.
On arrival in his country, the
landlord found the report of the manager to be true. He invited
all the workers to his ranch the same night to have food with him.
A large size photograph of Bhagavan Baba brought by him from
Prashanthi Nilayam, covered with a piece of cloth, was kept near
the chair. He mingled very freely with his workers enquiring about
their welfare, which he had never done in his earlier days. After
the food was served, he addressed the workers. He conveyed his
heartfelt thanks to all of them for their noble behavior even at
the time of crisis in the nation. He, on his part, had returned as
a changed man, after his pilgrimage to India. He told them of his
meeting with the Living God in India and of the blissful days he
spent in His Divine Presence, which had mellowed him into a true
human being. The unique experience had fostered love and affection
in his hitherto barren heart, which earlier cared only for selfish
comforts and prosperity without a single thought for those who
worked for him. He further announced that he was going to show
them the Living God and removed the cloth covering the photograph
of Bhagavan Baba.
But this evoked neither any
trace of surprise not curiosity among the laborers. On the
contrary they were laughing by themselves. They were admonished no
to think lightly of Sai Baba, whose picture he had shown to them.
The labour leader got up and said; “ You might have seen Him in
India. But till yesterday, we were seeing Him, here every day in
our fields. First, we sighted Him one day far away in the Horizon
when the sun was rising early in the morning. He raised His hands
and blessed us. Later on He came down to us and conversed with us.
This was going on during all these days when you were away. He
used to teach us all the good manners and discipline and about
various subtle spiritual matters. He had taught us the importance
of remaining loyal to those who were giving work and a living to
us . He had directed us to live a life of love towards everyone.
He had taught us the same path of love, which had been taught to
you also. It seems, the very same God who happened to be with us
had taken you also under His merciful fold. Yes sir, we were
seeing Him almost everyday.!”
This amazing disclosure or the
black laborer astonished the landlord. Would it be possible? Swami
was all the time at Prashanthi Nilayam, and yet He had made
Himself available to the poor people in his country as well. He
felt that he and his workers were truly blessed by Swami. He
assured the workers that from that day onwards; they would all
live like a single family with mutual love and affection.
There are innumerable such leelas
(Divine sport) of Bhagavan Baba having documented in various
books. Even by reading these divine glories, one can drink deep
the divine bliss and gain an access to spiritual benefit.
Author's statement in:
Many of you may
be aware that I had authored a book with the title "Sri Sathya Sai
Hrudaya Nivasi (Indweller of Hearts). This book had seen the third
reprint, and is being sold in Bhagavan's Bookstall at Prashanthi
Nilayam. Many of you would have purchased and many would not have
got chance to go to Parthi and get the book. After the third
edition, this may not go to print again. As such I wish to bring
the contents of this book to each and every one of you.
Starting from today I shall post one chapter every week or if
possible twice a week, depending upon the response I get from you
all. I would request you to kindly read it and then re-circulate
it to your other friends in the Sai Family.
The text could be transferred to your hard disk, and if possible
print outs taken out.
Utilize the contents, as much as you like.
With Lots of Love and regards