Sai Sandesh Volume
5, Issue 9; Sept 2008
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Baba: I will Pull
My Devotees out from the Jaws of Death
can Destroy all Karma
How my Cousin
Rupesh Recovered from Hepatic Comma
Baba Gives Balaji
Baba Saves a
The Power of
Why Fear When I am
How Baba assumed
Baba: "I will Pull My
Devotees out from the Jaws of Death"
By The Sai Sandesh Team
In the Sai Satcharita, Baba has made a
profound declaration: "I will pull my devotees out from the jaws of
death." Who except the Lord Himself can make a statement of such
significance. Baba has proven the efficacy and truthfulness of His words
time and again, and continues to do so even today.
The author, too, was saved from many life-threatening accidents. One
that quickly comes to mind was a time when the author was walking past a
very narrow street in New York. He accidentally slipped and fell flat on
The width of the already narrow street was mostly taken up by the fallen
body; so much so that no vehicle could pass through except by running
over him. Just then, the lights turned green at the opposite
intersection and a green sports car came rushing toward at lightning
speed. There wasn't enough time to get up and prevent the accident so he
just started chanting Baba's name.
He closed his eyes and awaited what he perceived to be his last moment
on earth. Baba's name, however, worked out a miracle and when the author
opened his eyes, the vehicle had somehow passed on the other side of his
body and he was unhurt-unscratched. In the words of eye witnesses, it
was nothing short of a miracle and they, too, failed to grasp how it
On another occasion, a devotee of Baba from Andhra Pradesh was diagnosed
with a fatal heart ailment. Sai appeared to the already despondent
devotee and revealed the date and time of departure.
Feeling helpless in the hands of destiny, he had no choice but to follow
Sai's instructions regarding prayers and naama smarana. On the fateful
day, he gathered friends and well-wishers to engage in ceaseless
At the allotted time, exactly as forewarned by Baba, the devotee lost
his consciousness and fell to the ground. Doctors present on the
occasion declared that the life force had been ebbed away from his body.
The family members, however, continued their prayers with full faith and
determination. Just then, a miracle happened and, much to the delight of
his well wishers and the amazement of doctors, the devotee slowly
started regaining his consciousness. When he was fully awake he
Baba had returned his life in response to the sincere prayers of His
On another occasion, the same person was asked to undergo a major
surgery. While he was lying on his bed, an almost thunder-like white
light emanated from Baba's picture and pierced through his heart. The
next morning, he found stitches at exactly the place through which the
light had entered. It was then that he realized that Baba had performed
an operation in the wink of an eye and the ailment had been cured
In both Shirdi Sai and Sathya Sai incarnations, Baba has rescued his
devotees from dangers and has resurrected even dead people on several
There are documented incidences where Swami has brought back to life a
devotee who was already declared dead. What is impossible for the one
who created the entire universe. Didn't Jesus of Nazareth resurrect
Lazarus in response to the sincere pleas of his devotees?
Such is the power of Sai. He will never refuse a sincere prayer, never
fail to respond to a sincere call, and never disappoint sincere
What is wanted on our part is shraddha (faith) and saburi (patience).
Once these two qualities are cultivated, even the impossible will happen
Dharma (righteousness) is the foundation
for the welfare of humanity, it is the eternal truth. When the
effulgence of Dharma fails to illumine human relationships, mankind will
become enveloped in the darkness of sorrow. Man must dedicate himself to
Dharma so that he may live in peace and the world may also enjoy peace.
He cannot acquire lasting peace nor can he win the grace of God through
any means other than by leading a Dharmic life. -- Baba
Thought for the Day, Prashanti Nilayam, Sept. 01, 2008
Sadguru's Grace can
Destroy all Karmas
The Sai Sandesh Team
It is said that even a mere glance from
the compassionate eyes of a sadguru (perfect master) is sufficient to
destroy mountains of sins. When one surrenders to such a master, the
journey of life runs smoothly, as if on auto pilot. There is nothing for
the individual soul to do then, for the divine grace of the sadguru
ferries the devotee across life's journey and finally merges the
individual soul with Supreme Consciousness.
During the Shirdi Sai incarnation, a devotee of Baba suffered from
intense pain due to guinea worms. The pain was excruciating to the
extent that the devotee preferred death instead. Unable to withstand the
pain, he sent a word to Baba requesting the transfer of his karma to ten
The merciful Baba, however, responded by saying, "Why ten births; I will
work out his karmic load within ten days. When I am here, why should he
pray for death or future births?" True to Baba's words, the devotee was
miraculously cured within the promised period of ten days.
Karmic consequences, no matter how unalterable, cannot withstand a
sadguru's sankalpa (divine will) and even the writ of God can be
overwritten if the sadguru so decides. The Guru Charitra provides
several instances where devotees' life events were altered due to the
The holy book provides the account of a devotee who was to pass away at
the age of thirty but in response to his wife's intense prayer, the guru
increased his lifespan to a period of hundred years. There is also the
story of Sage Markandeya, who was to die at the age of sixteen. The lad,
however, performed intense penance and resorted to the feet of the
all-powerful Lord Shiva and due to Shiva's grace he was granted
A sadguru's grace can not only benefit us in this life, it can also
arrest the future cycle of births and deaths and grant us liberation.
When Ramana Maharshi's mother was on her deathbed, the sage placed his
blessing hand on her head and heart. Due to this act of grace, she was
able to undergo all her karmic load within those last moments as opposed
to several lifetimes. The end result was that she was liberated within
that short period of time, a miniature journey as a substitute for what
could have been hundreds or even thousands of years.
Guru Thirupalluvar, while at his deathbed, instructed Elela Surya that
after the samadhi the disciple should pull the body with a rope and drag
it across the village. The devotee was shocked to hear this order but
knew that implicit obedience was the best course of action for any
After the master's death, the disciple dragged his body across the
village. The villagers were disgusted to see this behavior and threw
stones at him. Despite the blood and pain, with tear-filled eyes, the
devotee continued dragging his master's body for three full days.
Finally, at the end of three days he turned around to look at the
master's body and was horrified to see the torn remains of his beloved
master. The scene was unbearable for him and he died immediately. Why
did the guru instruct his disciple in this manner?
The master had foreseen that the disciple, due to karmic forces, was to
be reborn in a fallen state for three subsequent births. By making the
disciple adopt this course of action, karmas that would otherwise take
three births were exhausted within a short span of three days and the
disciple was liberated. So powerful is the sankalpa of a sadguru. Why
humans, even animals can secure such grace and be freed from misery.
Shirdi Sai Baba, for instance, granted liberation to a tiger. Ramana
Maharshi, too, liberated his cow, Lakshmi, in the same manner.
All that is wanted on our part is faith and patience and then the Divine
Master Sai will surely take care of all else. To summarize it in Baba's
own words: "Why fear when I am here?"
How my Cousin Rupesh
Recovered from Hepatic Comma
Rupesh, a cousin of mine, slipped
into a dangerous and life-threatening condition: Hepatic Comma.
After being comatose for nearly 72 hours, his prognosis was not
very good as one after the other, all his vital organs had
started failing. A team of reputed medical experts at Kothari
Hospital, Mumbai, were of the opinion that the patient would
pass away at any minute. This was very unfortunate for someone
who was barely 22 and hadn't even started living his life yet.
The tragedy was something no one could have foreseen and the
entire family was devastated beyond description. More experts
were called in but all were of the same opinion: "Medically,
there is no hope. Only God can work out a miracle." Fortunately,
a devotee of Baba had just returned from Shirdi and when he
heard about the calamity, he rushed to the hospital with a
packet of Baba's vibhuti. Vibhuti was applied to the patient's
forehead and intense prayers were offered to Swami, not just by
the family but also by the patient's family doctor (who also
happened to be Baba's long-time devotee).
The very next morning, Rupesh woke up from the slumber,
refreshed and energized, as if nothing had ever happened. The
medical team was astounded to witness the miracle, but the
devotees knew who had worked out the impossible. Such are the
leelas of our beloved Sai. All He needs is a sheartfelt plea, a
sincere call -- a call He can never ever resist.
Baba Gives Balaji Darshan
By The Sai Sandesh Team
The Archakas of Tirupati have the
habit of looking at the feet of Balaji Bhagwan and taking
Padanamaskar before Suprabhatam (where God is woken up). They
open their eyes only after this procedure. One of the senior
most archakas suddenly had a feeling one day that even after
having served the Lord for 40 years, he was not fortunate enough
to have his darshan. He prayed emotionally that if he had been
sincere in his duty towards the lord, then the Lord must some
day grant His darshan.
The next day, as usual when the archakas went into the sanctum
sanctorum for padanamaskar, the senior most archaka went in
first. As he reached for the feet of the idol, his hands could
feel the moist feet of a human body. As he reached for the feet
again and again, the same thing happened. He called out to the
other Archakas and told them his experience. The other archakas
too experienced the same warmth. For a moment the archakas got
agitated and felt that some miscreant would be standing there
but who could be so insolent to stand on the lord's idol and
that too when the sanctorum was thoroughly checked before being
locked. Who could it be? Was it an illusion?.. Just that moment
the archaka remembered the prayer that came out of him the day
before. A thought flashed through his mind.....Was it the Lord
He hurriedly removed the covering and opened his eyes. What he
saw shocked him. He gave out a shriek, hearing which the other
archakas also removed their coverings and opened their eyes. A
sense of disbelief went through them on what they saw. The idol
was gone and Sri Satya Sai Baba was standing in its place. Baba
was standing in Chatur Bhuja form (with four arms). Baba was
smiling. He looked at the senior most archaka and said--"You
wanted to see me. I am here. What do you want?" The archaka was
stunned and asked --"When did I ask to see you? In fact, I asked
for darshan of my Lord Sri Balaji." Baba replied --"I am your
Lord Sri Balaji." Taken aback by this reply the archakas asked
again--"How can you be Lord Balaji? You have always said You are
Shiva-Shakti Swarupa. How then can you say you are
Vaikunthathi-pathi Balaji?" Baba softly replied--"All are one,
my dear children. God is one. He manifests in different forms
and man worships the form to which he is most attached. All
faiths are paths leading to the same goal. Why then do you see
the difference?" Baba spoke again--"I have come not to disturb
any faith but to confirm everyone in his own faith. I respond to
everyone with whatever name you call me. You wanted to see the
Lord in form of Balaji and so here I am to fulfill your wish."
So saying Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba dissappeared and the idol
of Bhagwan Balaji was back in its place. Silence prevailed for
some time. Later the archakas handed over the administration of
the temple temporarily to their juniors and rushed to
The next day the they were made to sit in front and as Bhagwan
Baba came out for darshan, they sat with eyes glued at Him. As
Baba came nearer, their hearts leapt in excitement. Baba
maintained a little distance from them, looked sharply in their
eyes, and asked --"Today how have you broken the tradition.
Every day morning, you look first at my feet and then at my
physical frame. Today you are looking at my face first without
even taking padnamaskar." As the archakas heard this, they fell
at Baba's feet.
Baba Saves a
By The Editor, Sai Sandesh
A little child, all of three, was
a staunch devotee of Baba. While thousands of devotees would
flock to Shirdi in pursuit of material benefits, this little
girl would ask Baba for merely a rupee. That was all she wanted
and to persuade Baba, she would in sweet and melodious tones
address her beloved Lord as mama (maternal uncle).
Baba, too, would play with her and push her off by saying, "This
rupee is not your father's property." The child would insist on
collecting her rupee, however, and Baba would give in with a big
smile. With a sense of accomplishment, the child would then
happily run away to her mother. She knew nothing about her
mama's greatness but with childlike innocence, she would rush to
Baba for all her needs.
Once, it so happened that the girl was found missing. A frantic
search was made throughout the Shirdi village and all were at a
loss when she couldn't be found. What could have happened to the
innocent child? Just then, someone suggested searching near the
well and all hearts started pounding at the very thought of what
could happen to an innocent child near the well.
When they rushed there, everyone was surprised to find her
suspended in mid-air. She was floating in the air as if an
invisible force was cradling her mid-air. The local youngsters
immediately pulled her out to safety. It was then discovered
that the child had accidentally fallen into the well but just
before slipping, she had called out her mama's (Baba) name. How
could Baba remain indifferent? He miraculously rescued His
little devotee and saved her from what could have been sure
death. And look at the child's tender, but sincere devotion.
When any other child would call out for parents or relatives,
she reached out to none other than the Lord Himself.
Much to the delight of everyone, the very next day she was back
in Baba's lap asking for the same rupee again. How wonderful is
this bond between Baba and His devotees. With each, a special
and very unique relationship.
The Power of Baba's
Nature is nothing but the
manifestation of a minute fraction of God's infinite glory, and
billions of ever-expanding universes are mere atoms when
compared to the all-powerful Lord. When such a powerful Lord
commands His creation on a course of action, it cannot but
fulfill that order with all humility and reverence.
The might and majesty of an avatar cannot be comprehended by
human intelligence; it can only be experienced. During their
physical incarnation, avatars perform countless deeds that are
considered miracles in the mortal realm, but in reality they are
visible manifestations of divine sankalpa (will). This will is
so powerful it can alter even the writ of providence and, when
necessary, overrule otherwise unalterable cosmic laws.
The warmth of sincere devotion can melt God's butter-soft heart
in an instant, and in response to a devotee's plea the Lord
becomes like a servitor, willing to extend any service possible.
When the call is sincere, He will alter even destiny and rescue
devotees from sorrow. This has been the experience of
Once, a mother-in-law was fortunate enough to experience this
grace. She was a pious lady who had a big family with many sons
and daughter-in-laws. Despite experiencing all forms of
happiness, she was not at peace, for none of her children were
able to become parents. She visited Puttaparthi with utmost
reverence and placed her sorrow at the feet of the Lord of
Parthi. He heard her request with compassion but explained that
none of her family members were destined to become parents-that
was their fate.
She was disheartened but she firmly held Sai's feet and with
tear-filled eyes begged Him to intercede. Swami was moved and
asked if she believed in Him. She calmly said that His will was
supreme and that He could alter destiny itself, if He so willed.
Swami was touched by her faith and blessed her. The following
year, she came with beautiful grand children.
During the Shirdi Sai Avatar, a devotee brought several seeds to
Shirdi. It was his intense desire to plant trees near Dwarakamai.
Baba was reluctant, however, and refused to accede. As time
passed, the seeds dried and became incapable of germinating. The
devotee was unable to bear his beloved Sai's refusal. Day and
night, he was suffering in
anguish. Sainath was unable to see His devotee suffer in this
manner and called him to His presence. Baba asked him to quit
worrying and also ordered him to plant the dried seeds with
faith. He declared that even though the seeds had dried, they
would germinate into beautiful plants-and they did. During
another instance, Baba's devotee, Shama, was bitten by a snake.
Frightened by the imminent danger, Shama immediately rushed to
His beloved Sai who uttered the following words: "Oh vile
bhaturdya (priest), do not climb up. Beware if you do so. Go get
away, come down." Shama was disheartened to think that the words
were uttered at him, but in reality they were Sai's antidote to
the poison. It was a direct command ordering the poison to stop
rising. Shama recovered completely.
On another occasion, Shirdi witnessed a terrifying storm that
threatened to devour the entire village. All its inhabitants
rushed to their beloved Lord Sai, who in His utmost mercy came
to their rescue. His simple words, "Oh, stop; calm your fury,"
were sufficient to quell the furious storm in moments.
God is so merciful, He cannot but run for His devotees. He is
like the hard-working mother who is always busy performing
routine household-in His case, cosmic-duties. Despite her
burdens, the mother always provides for the children's needs and
keeps a watchful eye on them. The children may not know or
When they are safe or at play, she continues performing her
chores, but if a child starts crying inconsolably, she will
leave everything and run to console her darling. Similarly, God,
who bears the love of a thousand mothers, rushes to respond to
His children's calls. His simple words will allay all fears and
fulfill devotees' wishes.
Why Fear when I am
An old knee injury had resulted in
a serious tear of my left knee's cartilage (Meniscus). A surgery
was recommended but due to some lapse at my end, I had not
undergone the treatment. The excruciating pain from the injury
relapsed after a period of ten years and I fell to the ground,
unable to stand or move. It was almost as if I had lost one leg.
I wasn't covered under a health insurance plan and Sai's grace
was the only insurance I could rely on. As I helplessly looked
at Swami's picture, He diverted my eyes to a car sticker that
had the picture of Shirdi Sai Baba with abhaya hasta mudra (the
blessing hand gesture granting freedom from fear).
I could distinctly read what was written under the picture. The
words were "Why fear when I am here."
As soon as I saw the sticker. a miracle happened and as I tried
to stand back on my feet I did not experience the slightest pain
or discomfort. I have been pain free ever since.
On another occasion, an elderly family who were worried about
their health prospects were advised not to worry because Baba
would always protect them. At first, the mother of the household
did not have faith in these words and would constantly worry
about the familyís safety.
One night, her husband developed a serious health problem and
she panicked at the prospect of what could happen. She was
quietly praying within her heart but did not know what steps
were needed at the moment. Within moments, however, doctors came
to her house even without her calling and she was relieved as
they took over the patientís health and healed him from the
dangerous condition. She then realized that Baba was indeed with
her and that He was protecting her, always.
Millions of devotees across the world experience many such acts
of protection and grace the moment they invoke Saiís name.
True to His words, Baba is ever-active in protecting His
devotees. A sincere, heartfelt call cannot but melt His
In 2005, there was a severe power
failure during a hot summer evening. It was late at night and,
much to our dismay, ours was the only apartment that was without
power. We were concerned about temperature-sensitive medicines
that were in our refrigerator, but despite our best efforts the
power was not restored.
Our building superintendent did his best too, but was
unsuccessful. Finally, after many hours of struggle, he decided
to call an electrician the following day.
Before giving up, however, we invoked Baba from the bottom of
our heart. Much to the amazement of our super, and to our
delight, the power was miraculously restored the moment we
sought Babaís assistance. Seeing this miracle, the super, too,
was awestruck and even to this day he asks us to pray to Baba
for his welfare. Strange are the ways of the Lord.
How Baba Assumed 1400
During a power failure, once Swami
visited the student's hostel. 1400 students were living in that
hostel and all stood obediently in front of their beloved Lord.
In the darkness, Swami accosted one boy and said, "Atul, I have
something for you. Don't tell anyone." Swami then placed a laddu
in the boy's hand.
At that very moment the power was restored and when Atul looked
around, he found all 1400 boys trying to hide something behind
them. Such is the power of the Lord--incomprehensible, beyond
the limited perceptions of human understanding.
In a trice the Lord had manifested Himself to all 1400 students.
In the Krishna Avatar, too, God had performed a similar leela by
assuming numerous forms, one for each gopi.
In the present incarnation as Sai, He continues to perform mind
boggling miracles for the delight of his devotees.
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