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Prophecies on the Advent of Sri Sathya Sai Baba

God incarnates in every age to set humanity on the right path. The advent of avatars [God in physical form] is visualized by saints, centuries before the actual descent takes place. Ancient scriptures had, in abundance, predicted the advent of avatars, the likes of Krishna, Rama, Jesus, and Buddha, thousands of years before the masters actually graced earth.

We live in very fortunate times as the divine has come in the form of Swami. Innumerable prophecies have come to light that describe not only His advent, but also minute details about the life of this most mysterious avatar. In this article, we make an attempt to describe a few such prophecies.

Sri Aurobindo’s Quest. In 1910, he embarked on a mission to bring the Lord to earth and immerse the entire world in bliss. Realizing that the task could only be performed by the Lord, he undertook spiritual practices for sixteen years. On November 24, 1926, he announced that Krishna had descended.1 It is of great significance to note that Swami incarnated on November 23, 1926.

Nostradamus. The famous French psychic who lived in the 16th century A.D., prophesied: “He who has been awaited for such a long time, will appear in Asia, will choose Thursday as his Holy Day, His voice, reign and power will rise across land and sea, from all parts of the world they will come to honor Him”.1

Prophet Mohammad. He has mentioned certain things regarding the Master of the world in volume 13 of the book, “Ocean of Light” (Mehdi Moud). He has said, “The Great Teacher or God would come with the following characteristics: His hair will be profuse; His front teeth will be spaced apart; He will be clean shaven; His clothing will be like a flame (Baba’s orange robe); His face will be sometimes like copper, sometimes gold and sometimes very dark; His body will be small; He will give gifts that are light in weight; He will live 96 years (Swami has predicted his lifespan to be 96); He will bring things out of His body (vibhuti), through His mouth (lingams).” These predictions tally so well with the observed characteristics of Baba.1

Nadis. In India, palm leaf books (Nadis) provide fantastic predictions about many persons. In one such “Nadi,” the predictions regarding Satyanarayana Raju (the childhood name of Baba) mention his being an “avatar amongst avatars” and about his starting  schools and hospitals.1 Dr. E.V.Sastri, a prominent member of the Indian Astro Occult Research Association, New Delhi, during the course of his research, found a ‘Nadi’ available in Tamil Nadu, which had all the indications about Sathya Sai Baba’s horoscope written by a famous erudite Pundit, some 500 years ago. It was written on a piece of palm leaf of the size 36 cms long and 2 ½ cms broad. It reads: “The person to whom this horoscope relates will renounce the world in his boyhood, will start schools and hospitals, will publish books for the upliftment of the world, will spend every day of his whole lifetime for the establishment of Dharma, which is his ideal and objective.” It is mentioned that, “He will be an avatar amongst the avatars.” 2

Bible. Baba once remarked, “There is one point that I cannot but bring to your special notice today. At the time when Jesus was merging in the supreme principle, he communicated some news to his followers which has been interpreted in a variety of ways. The statement is simple: ‘He who sent me among you will come again,’ and he pointed to a lamb. The lamb is, merely a symbol, a sign. It stands for the voice ‘Ba-Ba’; the announcement was of the advent of Baba. ‘His name will be truth,’ Christ declared.  Sathya means Truth. ‘He wears a robe of red, a blood red robe.’ (Baba pointed to the robe He was wearing). ‘He will be short, with a crown (of hair).’ The lamb is the sign and symbol of love. Christ did not declare that He would come again; He said, ‘He who sent me will come again.’ That ‘Ba-Ba’ is this Baba.” (Pointing to Himself).”2

Shirdi Sai Baba. What could be more authentic than a prophecy by the Lord himself? Shirdi Sai had, just before His samadhi [merging into the infinite], declared that He would reincarnate in 8 years. Shirdi Sai Baba left his mortal coil in 1918 and Sathya Sai Baba incarnated in 1926—exact span of 8 years.

Venkavadhoota. Swami’s grandfather, Kondamma Raju, had a great guru by the name Venkavadhoota. Venkavadhoota had assured him that God would incarnate in his family. True to the prediction, God did incarnate in that family in the form of Baba.

In Ancient Hindu Scriptures. The epic Jaimini Mahabharata contains a detailed and complete account of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It mentions the name of the Avatar, a full account of his dynasty, and contains descriptions of several wonderful miracles performed by the Lord–indicating the beginning of a new era by establishing true religion on the lines of Satya Yuga [the age of truth].5

The Upanishads. Upanishads speak of a Golden Age. These scriptures further declare that the descent of God in 3 consecutive incarnations (Shirdi Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba, and Prema Sai Baba) spanning 250 years, will usher mankind into this era.

Bharadwaja. Thousand of years ago, the great sage Bharadwaja, wishing to master all the vedas [scriptures], was advised by Indra [the ruler of the gods] to perform a yagna [vedic ritual]. Eager to have Shakti [the consort of Lord Shiva] preside over it and receive her blessings, Bharadwaja left for Kailash [a sacred peak in the Himalayas], the abode of Shiva and Shakti, to convey the invitation. Finding them coupled in the cosmic dance, Bharadwaja waited for eight days—apparently ignored by them, although he had failed to comprehend the welcoming smile cast at him by Shakti. Disappointed, Bharadwaja decided to return home. But as he began to descend, he fell in a stroke, his left side paralyzed as a result of the cold. Shiva then cured him by sprinkling water from the Kamandalu [vessel]. Bharadwaja was granted boons by both Shiva and Shakti, who also were pleased to attend the yagna. Shiva promised the rishi [sage] that they would both take human form and be born thrice in the Bharadwaja lineage as Shirdi Sai Baba; Sathya Sai Baba, and Prema Sai Baba. Devotees of Baba also consider him to be an incarnation of Dattatreya.

Swami’s Birth. Mother Eshwaramma, once related the incident that shed light on how Swami was conceived. While she was at the well, a big ball of blue light descended from the sky and entered into her being. Since that day, people found a divine aura emanating from her. When Swami was taking birth, musical instruments, of their own accord, started playing divine music—as if welcoming the Lord.

Reason for the Divine's Descent. The avatar comes to transform humanity through the transformation of individuals. The avatar works through individuals, transforming them into the divinity. The light from the many individuals gradually dispels the darkness of ignorance, impacting all of humanity.

Baba says: “No one can understand my mystery. The best you can do is to get immersed in it. It is no use arguing about pros and cons; dive and know the depth; eat and know the taste. You must dive deep into the sea to get the pearls. What good is it to dabble among the waves near the shore, and swear that the sea has no pearls in it and that all tales about them are false? So also if you must realize the full fruit of this Avatar, dive deep and get immersed in Sai Baba. Half-heartedness, hesitation, doubts, cynicism, listening to tales, are of no avail. Complete faith—that alone can bring victory. 3


2. Collection: Preetham Sai P.V., Mangalore, India





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