following talk was given by David Jevons in February 1996 to a Positive
Living Group who used to meet in a church in Bournemouth, Dorset, in
England. Very few of the
audience had heard about Sai Baba and only a handful were familiar with
his teachings. David always
used to approach these meetings with great tact and reservation.
The story that he had to tell was just so amazing that many in
the audience found it hard to accept the facts that he was relating.
They might accept something that he had said, but then David would say
something else about Sai Baba, for example, that he was in the midst of a triple incarnation, which completely blew their minds and they
wound up by rejecting everything that he said.
David found this to be particularly true when talking to people
who held firm beliefs in one religion or another.
The whole topic was just too threatening for them unless he spoke
in the vaguest of terms. This
talk reflects not just David’s own path to recognising the divine
nature of Sai Baba but also the path that all spiritual seekers have to
walk, because it asks the question that we all have to ask, and to answer,
if we are serious about advancing our spiritual evolution.
Sai Baba says “You are as
close to God as you are to your self.”
So when we ask “Who is Sai Baba?” we are really asking
“Who am I?” for in as much as we ask questions about ourselves we
are asking questions about God. Sai
Baba constantly reminds us that we are no different from God.
Why do we find this so hard to believe?
IS SAI BABA?
will begin by reminding you that what I am about to share with you are
my own experiences, are the understandings that I have developed over
the past fifteen or so years through my own relationship with Sri Sathya
Sai Baba. My purpose in
disseminating this information is not to proselytise or to publicise Sai
Baba. That is the last
thing that I want to do. That
is the last thing that Sai Baba would want me to do!
We are all walking different paths towards the Godhead and if you
are happy with your chosen path, then my earnest desire is that this
information will serve to help you to walk that path more efficaciously.
If, however, you are in the state that I was in fifteen years ago
and are dissatisfied with your understanding of the nature of God and
the reality of life on this plane of Earth, if you believe that a
greater truth exists than is generally recognised today, then I invite
you to investigate with me the phenomenon that is Sai Baba.
My wife and I have journeyed out to India many times to visit Sai
Baba and we have been privileged to have had several personal interviews
with him. We have also
spoken to many of his close devotees and have obtained valuable insights
from them about his life and his teachings.
It is from this viewpoint alone that we feel qualified to talk
about Sai Baba.
There are books written about Sai Baba in practically every major language of our world. Sai Baba isn’t just an Indian phenomenon. He is a universal phenomenon. From Russia to Argentina, from Australia to Alaska, there are Sai Baba centres all over the world. When I attended the celebrations at his ashram in Puttaparthi, India a few years ago, held to mark his 70th birthday, in the carnival-like procession which wound past the dais on which he was sitting on the morning of his birthday there were the flags of over 130 countries flying, held by devotees from Sai Baba centres in those countries. It was a graphic demonstration to all those who were privileged to be there of the fact that he now has thousands of followers in countries all over the world and that this number is growing as each year passes and more and more people get to hear about him.
The very fact that I am talking to you about Sai Baba is also significant because, until recently, it was not permitted for any of his devotees either to advertise or to give public talks about him or in any way to publicise his divine mission. So you could only get to hear about Sai Baba either by visiting a Sai Baba Centre or else by talking to someone who had had some personal experience of him. In my case it was the latter path, but I have to tell you that it has taken me almost fifteen years from first hearing about Sai Baba to being able to understand even a little of his divine mission. Why have devotees been forbidden from publicising Sai Baba? Swami says that it has been done so as to restrict the numbers coming to visit him, so that those souls who over many past lives have been trying to draw close to the Godhead may have the first opportunity in this lifetime to have access to him before the massive crowds start to arrive, when he will literally only be a small orange speck in a vast sea of people. So we are now at the beginning of a period of time when there will be a growing world-wide interest in Sai Baba and his mission.
I believe that you can approach the phenomenon that is Sai Baba on three different levels. You can choose whichever level you feel is appropriate for you. The choice is not a question of right or wrong, of greater or lesser soul consciousness. It is more a question of the nature of your esoteric or exoteric philosophical doctrine at the time. I will warn you in advance, though, that you may find it hard to accept some of the things that I am going to mention. I say this advisedly because, fifteen years ago, I was in the very same position that many of you will be in. Some of the stories of what Sai Baba has done are beyond human understanding, if only because he operates beyond time and space, because he is not bound by our scientific rules. You will hear stories about some people’s experiences with this amazing man, which will stretch your credulity. All that I can ask of you is that you just stay open, that you do not feel the need either to accept or to reject what I say, that you just let my message reside in your consciousness, and see how it germinates in the weeks and months to come. For some people the response is very quick. I gave a talk about Sai Baba recently and a month later a person who had attended that talk phoned to say that he was just about to leave for India to go to see Sai Baba as a direct result of my talk! For other people, who are attached to a formless, nameless God, the very concept of a manifest God is quite abhorrent. So, all that I can do is to ask you to walk the middle path and to allow your conscience not your conditioning to decide the truth of what I am about to share with you.
One of the levels on which you can relate to Sai Baba is that of seeing him as a great spiritual teacher. There are, of course, many spiritual teachers in the world today, especially in India, each with their bands of disciples and devoted followers, who all extol the virtues of their particular guru. Often they tend to repeat the stories of the miraculous healings, of the psychic manifestations, of the incomprehensible powers and attributes of their gurus, rather than simply talking about their spiritual teachings, about the message that they are trying to give to Humanity. This was exactly what happened to me fifteen years ago. I heard only the stories about Sai Baba’s miracles, about his divine powers, about how he could manifest anything with a wave of his hand, and this simply put me off him because I believed, wrongly as it turned out, that this was just window dressing, designed to attract the spiritually gullible. Some years were to pass by before I actually allowed myself to read some of Sai Baba’s teachings and to become aware of his spiritual message. I should perhaps point out here that I have been a follower of the Western Esoteric Tradition for almost thirty years. Nevertheless, much to my amazement, I found that Sai Baba’s teachings were almost identical to my own understandings and slowly I began to embrace the Eastern as well as the Western Esoteric Tradition and grew to realise that they are really one and the same thing. As Sai Baba talked about the Vedas and The Bhagavad Gita and the all pervading Law of Karma, as he reiterated the steps that Humanity must take in order to transform itself and to restore morality and right action in society, and so save itself from self-destruction, I knew that I was hearing Infinite Truth. I knew that I had to go to India and to find out more about Sai Baba.
In 1989 I had stopped the channelling process that had been a part of my life for almost twenty years. I had stopped channelling because I realised that it was causing separation between me and my God. I was relying on an intermediary for the source of wisdom rather than on the Creator of All Life Himself. The channelling process had become a prop on which I was leaning for spiritual support, in just the same way that a Christian relies on his or her priest to explain the mysteries of life. Of course, at some stage in our lives, as we walk the path towards spiritual wakefulness, we all need the help of intermediaries, but as we discover that we are no different from God, that a part of God dwells within us, that we have a direct link to God, then, we realise that we no longer need an intermediary. I saw this very clearly and just stopped the channelling process. For me it was like being born again. It was like starting a new life. I found the whole experience of questing for God very exciting, if only because I had no ideas as to what I would find. Almost inevitably my quest took me out to see Sai Baba, because I identified so strongly with his teachings. I have to admit, though, that in the very beginning my quest did not run smoothly. I had to overcome a lot of prejudices and preferences. My first three visits to Sai Baba’s ashram were really ice breakers! He completely ignored me, which was probably the best thing that he could have done, because I was still questioning both him and his mission on every level of my being. In an interview on a subsequent visit Sai Baba told me that I think too much! I operate from my head rather than from my heart. I spent the whole time that I was in his ashram reading, listening and watching, in fact just concentrating on being, on tuning in to the energy that was present there. Gradually, as the seeds that he had sown within me began to grow and flourish, my western resistance broke down and something deep inside me began to respond to his presence.
the best way to tell you about the essence of Sai Baba’s teachings is
to reproduce a pamphlet that has been produced by the Sri Sathya Sai
Organisation of the UK and which lists, amongst other things, the
objectives of the Organisation and the methods to be adopted to attain
them. I will begin by
saying that Sai Baba himself has clearly stated, on many occasions, that
he has not come to start a new religion.
He does not want people to follow him, to worship him, to create
a new cult around him. No,
he wants them to follow the God that is in them, to pursue the spiritual
path or religion which they have chosen, but to pursue it more
conscientiously, more devotedly. The
emblem of the Sai Baba World Organisation is the Sarva Dharma which
includes the symbols of the six major religions of the world and,
indeed, when you visit his ashram you will find people from all the
major world religions there, be they Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jew,
Buddhist or Zoroastrian. Furthermore,
the sacred days of all of the major world religions, not just of
Hinduism, are observed in the ashram.
One of Sai Baba’s favourite sayings is that there is only one
race, the Race of Humanity. Cultures
and creeds may differ but race is one.
His mission is simply to bring about the spiritual regeneration
of Humanity by demonstrating and teaching the principles of Truth, Love,
Peace, Right Conduct and Non-violence.
He says “I know who I am;
I have come to help you realise who you are.”
principle objectives of The Sai Organisation are:
To help the individual -:
to be aware of the Divinity which is inherent in him and to conduct
to translate into practice in daily life divine love and perfection and,
to fill one’s life with joy, harmony, beauty, grace, human excellence
and lasting happiness.
To ensure that all human relations are governed by the principles of
Truth, Right Conduct, Love, Peace and Non-violence.
To make devotees of any religion more sincere and dedicated in the
practice of their respective religion by understanding properly the true
spirit of that religion.
objectives are to be obtained in the following manner-:
By observing the four principles laid down by Sai Baba, namely -
There is only ONE religion, the religion of love.
There is only ONE caste, the caste of humanity.
There is only ONE language, the language of love.
There is only ONE God and that God is omnipresent.
By constant remembrance of God and looking upon all beings as only a
manifestation of Divinity in different forms and shapes.
By underlining the essential unity of all religions and securing proper
understanding of all religions as being based on Love.
By looking upon all work as service dedicated to the Divine.
By bringing to bear upon all of life’s problems attitudes flowing from
Divine Love, such as understanding, compassion, tolerance, helpfulness
By basing all actions on love of Divinity, fear of sin and steadfast
observance of morality in society.
By engaging in spiritual, educational and service activities, both at
the individual and the community level, in an organised and systematic
manner, without expecting any material reward or appreciation, but
solely as a means of winning God’s Love and Grace.
don’t think that many people, no matter what is the nature of their
spiritual beliefs, would find conflict with a single one of those
principles and objectives. This is what I find to be so wonderful about Sai Baba’s
teachings. They are totally
universal. Above all,
though, Sai Baba is constantly reminding us of our divine birthright. He is forever saying “I
am God and you are God, the only difference is that I know it.” He reminds
us that we have forgotten who we really are.
He warns us that we should not identify with our physical body
and its associated egocentric personality, which are to be compared to
passing clouds, since they are only with us for a short lifespan and
then disappear for ever. We
should identify with our divine spirit or atma, the aspect of the
Godhead that dwells within us and which is with us for eternity.
As such, when we do this, we will discover that we, like him, are
capable of manifesting all the powers of the Godhead.
The reason why we, and the world as a whole, are suffering is
because we have forgotten our divine birthright.
Many people are choosing to behave like animals rather than like
human beings and one of the main purposes of Sai Baba’s mission is to
demonstrate for us the reality of correct human relationship, is to help
us to recognise and to respect the divine aspect that is present in
every single human being.
For me, personally, one of Sai Baba’s most significant teachings is that God is omnipresent, that is to say that God is within us, around us and above us at all times. He says that human beings can be likened to fish swimming in water, where the water can be considered as God. Using this analogy we can see that God is all around us as well as being inside us and that without God we cannot live, move and have our being. Without God we can achieve nothing. We cannot do anything without God knowing of it. It has always amazed me how so many people today can adopt the attitude that communing with and worshipping God is something that they can only do in a church or temple and that when they leave that church or temple they have somehow separated themselves from God and so are free to behave in any way that they choose, sometimes in a very ungodly way, because God does not know what they are doing. Sai Baba says that this is not so. God is omnipresent and, therefore, life around you is simply God resounding, reacting and reflecting upon you at all times, without exception.
Everything that happens to you each day is, in reality, simply God communicating with you. My wife and I call this experience ‘universal feedback’, which means, quite simply, that the universe is reflecting back to us the appropriateness of our thoughts, words and deeds. This is yet another manifestation of the great cosmic Law of Karma, which can best be understood by using the analogy of Nature, that is to say that as you sow, so you shall reap. Good actions or good seeds can only grow into good fruits, whereas bad actions or bad seeds can only grow into bad fruits. If you understand this fact you will understand the nature of suffering and will realise that the individual, not God, is the cause of all human suffering. So no-one suffers by chance, by an act of fate. There is no such thing as an accidental death. Sai Baba says that everything that happens to us on the face of this Earth is a direct result of our own actions, either in this or in past lives. So never look at a tragedy from the viewpoint of just one moment in time. It is rather like trying to understand a film from looking at just a few frames in the middle of the film. We have no way of knowing what frames have gone before and what frames are coming afterwards. We cannot hope to understand the film from that limited viewpoint. It is the same with life. We need to be aware of the continuity of all our lives - past, present and future - before we will be in a position to judge the appropriateness of our karma.
have all lived hundreds of lives. We
keep on coming back to the Earth in this eternal cycle of birth and
death and this leads me directly to another of Sai Baba’s teachings,
which is that we have it within our power to end this cycle and to
remove the need to take birth again on the plane of Earth.
Sai Baba has come on the Earth at this time specifically to
remind us that many human souls are nearing the end of their time in
this school of life called Earth and that it is within their power to
merge with the Source of All Life from which they separated aeons of
time ago. Amongst all
evolved souls there are usually to be found feelings of weariness with
physical life and by weariness I don’t mean that they don’t enjoy
life but that they are tired of having to go through the trauma of birth
and death in order to live in a world where so much suffering exists,
where people deny the reality of God, where people are interested only
in the advancement and the aggrandisement of the self, regardless of the
cost to people around them. So
there is a strong desire to return home to the Source, which is God, and
to break free from the cycle of rebirth.
Sai Baba says that his very presence on the Earth at this time
will provide the impetus for many souls to make that final jump in
consciousness, to balance their karma and to achieve their soul’s deep
yearning, to merge with the Source of All Life. If we follow his living example, if we live righteous lives,
if we love all and serve all, if we draw close to the living God within
us, then, we can become one with that God.
Baba, in both his public talks and his private interviews, is constantly
reminding his audience that in spite of all the miraculous powers that
he manifests we are no different from him.
All of these powers are latent within us too.
We are God. We are
no different from God. He
says “I am I, and you are you,
but we are one.” So
we should not just look at our physical bodies and the inherent and very
obvious differences in them, because we are not our bodies.
We were never born and so we will never die.
We are immortal beings, aspects of the One God, and all that we
are doing when we incarnate upon the Earth and take on a human form is
to put on a coat which we will discard when we return to the plane of
our true existence. So we
should never get attached to our coat, to our physical body and its
associated senses and feelings, because it is going to wear out and die.
We should always be in control of our body, we should always be
its master not its servant. Sai Baba often uses the analogy of a chariot and horses.
The chariot is our body, the horses are our senses, and it is
obvious that the driver in the chariot should be firmly in control
otherwise the horses could run away and could damage or even destroy the
greatest gift that Sai Baba has given me, however, is to make me aware
of my own divinity. My
Christian upbringing taught me that God was in Heaven and Man was on
Earth and that there was this great divide between the two, a divide
that could only be bridged by God sending His son down to Earth to make
contact with and to redeem Mankind. I was never very happy either with this understanding or with
the doctrine of original sin and could never understand why, if God
created us, He wasn’t more involved with His creations on the Earth! Sai Baba teaches that God does not reside in a heaven, or in
a church or temple, for that matter.
God is everywhere, in all of Creation, at all times. There is only one God and that God is omnipresent, omniscient
and omnipotent. Sai Baba demonstrates this fact himself. I will talk about his ‘miracles’ in a minute, but it is
apparent that he can present himself in whatever form he likes, in as
many places as he likes, and all at the same time.
He can appear in the form of any human being.
He can appear in the form of two, three or even four human beings
at the same time. He is a
living demonstration of the fact that God dwells in everything, that all
is one. There is only one
Race - the Race of Humanity - and that Race is divine.
Inside every human being is the perfection of the divine.
We are truly no different from God and the more we align
ourselves with the force of God that dwells within us, the more we
level on which you can relate to Sai Baba is through recognising him as
the avatar of the Age in which we live.
In Indian theology an avatar is regarded as a direct incarnation
of the Divine, who comes on Earth to close one Age, or Yuga, and to
inaugurate another. In
Judaic or Christian theology this great being is known as the Messiah.
Almost every religion in the world today embraces the concept of
the return of a divine messenger who comes with the express purpose of
raising human consciousness, of teaching Humanity how to discriminate
between right and wrong, between truth and falsehood.
Indian theology teaches that the purpose of the avatar taking
human form is threefold, namely, to protect and re-establish dharma,
which translates roughly as right action or right conduct, to protect
the devotees that have kept faith with the Lord and to punish the
evil-doers. The avatar,
whilst not removing Humanity’s karma, prevents it from destroying
itself, for example, in some great nuclear holocaust.
There have been a succession of avatars, many unknown to us
today. Indian theology
teaches that there are both full and partial avatars or, as they are
sometimes called, major and minor avatars.
Minor avatars are beings like Jesus, the Buddha and Mohammed.
Major avatars are beings like Rama, Krishna and, some people
feel, Sai Baba. One of the
distinguishing features between a major and a minor avatar is that major
avatars are born with all of their miraculous powers latent within them,
whereas minor avatars acquire their powers whilst in physical
incarnation by following certain spiritual disciplines.
It is therefore interesting to note that Sai Baba at the age of
six was already exhibiting his miraculous powers and by the age of
twelve was a fully realised soul, whereas Jesus only exhibited his
powers during his ministry, after he had visited India as a young man
and had studied at various esoteric schools there.
In comparing Jesus with Sai Baba it is also interesting to note that Jesus went through three recognisable stages of awakening his own divinity. He began his ministry by saying that he was a messenger of God, then evolved to saying that he was the son of God and only at the very end of his ministry did he proclaim that he and his Father were one. He clearly demonstrated that in the beginning he was living in a state of duality, of being separate from God. During his ministry, when he was overshadowed by the Christ Energy, he grew into the understanding that there is no duality, that all is one. Sai Baba, on the other hand, incarnated with all of his powers. As a child he could manifest whatever he chose. He would pick different types of fruits off one particular tree no matter what the season. He could materialise any physical object that he desired with just a wave of his hand. He understood things that had never been taught to him in school. He knew all the Vedas and the sacred writings of India although he had never studied them. He could hold learned discussions with priests and pundits even though he had only attended his local school. He apparently has a full knowledge of everything.
the age of 14 he revealed who he was and why he had come.
He explained that he was in the middle of a triple incarnation,
the first being to reveal Divinity, the second being to awaken Divinity
and the third being to propagate Divinity.
His first incarnation had been as Shirdi Sai Baba, when he lived
from 1835 until 1918. His
second incarnation, the present one, as Sathya Sai Baba, is from 1926
until 2022. His third
incarnation, as Prema Sai Baba, will be from 2030.
Although the three physical bodies will be different, the
indwelling Divinity is One and the same.
He has defined the purpose of his incarnation as being to reveal
Man to himself, to restore to him his birthright of divine bliss, to
teach him the truth about love. Sai Baba states that the avatar always comes when Humanity is
on the brink of destruction, when fear stalks the streets everywhere,
when evil appears to flourish, when righteousness is mocked. In the eternal cycle of human evolution we are now
experiencing the lowest point of the cycle, the time when Humanity is
the most separated from the Godhead.
It is precisely because of this that we can draw hope, because
the avatar always comes in the time of the greatest need and, as Sai
Baba says “This divine body has not come in vain. It will succeed in averting the crisis that has come upon
Humanity. It is not in the
nature of an avatar to fail!”
Another level on which you can relate to Sai Baba, and I accept that for some people this level will be very difficult to comprehend, I know that it is for me, is through the understanding that he is an actual incarnation of the Godhead, of the Source of All Life, on the Earth. In doing this, though, one must not be confused by his name and his form. God is not the name and the form. God only takes name and form because Humanity would find it difficult to develop faith in the nameless and the formless. Understanding the Divine in human form is but a preparation for understanding the nameless and the formless God. That is why avatars incarnate on the Earth, to provide the name and the form that is so essential for the true seeker, so that they can love, worship, follow and listen to God and through that devotion progress to the nameless and the formless God. In the early days I found this particular concept very difficult to accept because of my strong esoteric conditioning. In fact, even after fifteen years of investigating him, I still do not know who Sai Baba really is! I find it very difficult to accept that he, or anyone else for that matter, is God incarnate, if only because I have always believed in a nameless and a formless God. Even today, I am still investigating, I am still trying to discover the reality of who Sai Baba is and what is his divine mission.
a study and an observation of his life, through releasing long-held and
preconceived viewpoints as to the nature of the incarnation of the
Divine, I am now coming to the point when I can at least begin to accept
that Sai Baba is probably more than just a great spiritual teacher.
I have witnessed his miracles, his manifestations and his
healings, I have felt his divine power and I know the effect that he has
had not only on me but on those close to me.
I am aware of the transformation that he has wrought in my being. This, surely, is the only way that one can make a valid
assessment of Sai Baba, by asking “How has Sai Baba transformed me?
Has he influenced my life for the better?”
Let me share a little personal story with you here.
Five years ago I mentally asked Sai Baba to soften my heart, to
make me more compassionate towards my fellow human beings, because there
was a streak in me that often made me quite indifferent to other
people’s sufferings. On a
subsequent visit to India, as I was sitting in his ashram at Kodaikanal,
Sai Baba walked past me and, with a beautiful smile, lightly touched my
fingers which were extended towards him in a greeting of ‘Namaste’.
I immediately experienced a feeling of supreme bliss and burst
into tears! But something
inside me had been touched, my heart centre had been opened, and from
that day onwards I felt much more open and compassionate towards my
fellow human beings. So in just this one aspect alone I know that Sai Baba has had
a very positive effect upon me and has transformed a very fixed part of
my nature for the better.
The divine powers that Sai Baba manifests are literally quite mind-blowing! They cannot be proved or tested by science because they are beyond scientific understanding at this time. However it would seem that Sai Baba is both omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. He appears to know everything that is going on everywhere in the whole world and, presumably, in all the other worlds as well. Let me give you two examples of this fact. A pregnant lady was admitted to a hospital in India in the first stages of labour. Unfortunately there was only one midwife on duty that night and she was busy attending other births. The lady’s labour suddenly accelerated and she felt the baby coming and cried out for help, but the midwife did not come. Desperately she prayed to God for help and to her relief another midwife came into the room who safely delivered her of her baby, washed it, wrapped it in clothes and laid it beside her. Sometime later the original midwife came back into her room and was amazed to see the baby lying there and asked who had done this. The lady told her about the other midwife who had helped her. The first midwife then informed her that there was no other midwife on duty that night, that she was the only one, and asked as to who had done this! The lady then described how the midwife looked, how he was dressed in a red gown and had a mass of fuzzy hair. Yes, you have guessed correctly. She described Sai Baba and later identified him from a photograph.
I will now give you another amazing example of Sai Baba’s divine powers and I know that these facts are accurate, if only because I heard the gentleman concerned, an American called Isaac Tigrett, relate them himself. Isaac was the founder and owner of The Hard Rock Café chain which has cafés all around the world. When he sold the chain he donated half of the sale price, around $59 million, to Sai Baba for the building of his Super Speciality Hospital in Puttaparthi in 1991. You can go and see this magnificent hospital, the second largest in Asia, when you go to the ashram. Isaac obviously has a very close relationship with Sai Baba but the events that I am about to describe took place in the early days of that relationship. During this fifteen year period he visited Sai Baba many times before he was granted his first interview. Anyway Isaac described two occasions in which Sai Baba physically manifested before him in the USA in order to save his life. On the first occasion, when he lost control of his car whilst driving by himself, he went over a cliff top and as his car was plunging down to certain destruction, Sai Baba appeared in the seat along side him and put his arm around him in a protective gesture. When the car impacted at the bottom it was a total write off but Isaac emerged without a scratch! Again, after a drug overdose one night, when Isaac was choking on his own tongue and faced imminent death, Sai Baba manifested in his room and rolled him over and cleared his air passage, thus saving his life again. One can only marvel at the powers of such a being, which defy all known scientific laws today.
But omnipresence and omniscience go much deeper than that. It would seem that Sai Baba knows your every thought, word and deed and, indeed, the thoughts, words and deeds of the whole of Humanity. He appears to know the whole destiny of Humanity, both past, present and future. He appears to know everything that has been and will ever be. He is one with the total consciousness of Humanity. So although he didn’t incarnate as the Buddha, as Jesus or as Mohammed, he is them because they merged with the greater consciousness of which he is a part. That is why he knows everything about their lives down to the minutest detail. Let me tell you another little story to demonstrate this fact. A man was given a ring by Sai Baba during an interview but, some time later, when he was crossing a river on a ferry boat, the ring fell off his finger into the water and was lost. He was very upset at the loss of the ring, if only because Sai Baba had given it to him. The very next time that he visited the ashram, Sai Baba said to him “You have lost your ring” and then with a wave of his hand he manifested the very ring that the man had lost and gave it back to him. The man was amazed and said “Swami, how can you do that?” to which Sai Baba replied “I am the river, I am the river.” So what you have to realise is that when you become one with the Source of all life you become a part of everything. That is the birthright which one day we will inherit.
Apart from his physical manifestations Sai Baba is renowned for his healings. It is reported that he has raised several people from the dead and that he has cured people who were terminally ill and had been deemed to be incurable by their doctors. I, personally, have seen people go into his interview room in a wheelchair and come out of it walking, if a little unsteadily! He has cured people of cancer with a wave of his hand and the simple statement “Cancer cancelled.” Some people have been cured of an illness simply by being in his presence at darshan, others by taking the vibhuti or sacred ash that he has manifested for them. Now this doesn’t mean that he cures every person that comes to him asking to be healed, no matter how much they believe in him. All illness is karmic settlement and healing can only take place when the karma is discharged, when the lesson is learned and God’s grace is invoked. Just being in Sai Baba’s presence, receiving his energies in darshan, can be a healing process on many levels of being. He can also effect healing through a third party. For example, he has given Ann and I a lingam to be used for healing. Sai Baba manifested this lingam for us during an interview. The lingam can be likened to an egg-shaped stone. He told us to pour water over the lingam, invoking God’s blessing on it, and then to give the water to sick people to drink. We have had some wonderful healings with this water!
I will end, as I began, by reminding you that you have to experience Sai Baba for yourself. My experience will not be your experience. If these words have inspired you to go and visit him then please make that sacred pilgrimage, but remember that you cannot go and see him unless he permits it, indeed, you cannot even dream about Sai Baba unless he permits it! On one level, of course, you don’t have to make the long journey to India because Sai Baba is omnipresent. He is with you right now, as you read these words, and is noting your response, to see if you are ready to begin the journey back to the Source of All Life. But for those of you who are prepared to make the journey, perhaps in response to some deep inner soul yearning, I can tell you that what you will gain by receiving his darshan, by feeling his unconditional love, by placing your being in his divine energy, will be beyond human value. Sai Baba often uses the analogy of the ocean and the rain drop. When you are in the ocean, before birth, you are part of the ocean, you have no identity, you are the ocean itself, but then the cosmic wind stirs the waves and you become separated from the ocean as spray, you become absorbed into the clouds and form into a raindrop. For a brief moment in time you think that you are separate from the ocean, that you have a separate identity and purpose, but then the rain falls and you return to the ocean. That is the nature of human life. We are temporarily separated from the Source of our being but we will all return one day to the Source from which we came. Sai Baba says that there are four important questions that we all should consider - Who am I? Where did I come from? How long will I be here? Whither am I going? Sai Baba has helped me to both ask and, in part, to answer those questions. He has made me aware not just of my own divinity, but of the divinity of all life. He has taught me that there is only one God and that that God is omnipresent. He has shown me the reality of God in a physical form on the Earth today. Above all, he has made me aware of my divine birthright, the opportunity to attain liberation and to merge with the Godhead, never to return to this plane of Earth again and to get caught in the cycle of karmic bondage again. I commend Sai Baba to you. Go, see and experience the transforming power of his unconditional love which, of course, is the power of God.