Mystery Of The Missing Yogi

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Mystery Of The Missing Yogi

Read up on Giri Naidu’s (12th standard student in Prashanthi Nilayam shcool) experience as published in Sanathana Sarathi, March 1985.

A few days remained for the Navaratri festival to begin at Prasanthi Nilayam. I was at Madras, having no hopes of witnessing the grand celebrations at Parthi.

One night Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba appeared in my dream. The next night too He appeared in my dream and repeated His order, “Leave for Parthi immediately.” I dreamt that I pleaded with Him, “Oh Baba! How to come to You when I am caught in the coils of never ending troubles.” Bhagawan replied, “Nonsense! Come immediately.” I was worried how I could leave for Parthi when my mother and sister were critically ill, and I not much better than they. The day passed while I was in a dilemma.

On the third night again my Lord appeared in my dream but not as Sai Baba, but as Sai Shiva, for He looked at poor me with angry eyes and lashed and thrashed me verbally for not obeying His divine command, and once again He summoned me to Parthi, without regard to my tearful pleadings.

I woke up in the morning dazed. I was unable to make up my mind. But the thought of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba again coming in my dream made me tremble. I dared not keep my head on the pillow, fearing I would fall asleep and He might again appear in my dream and give me another sound verbal thrashing. Somehow I decided to leave for Parthi that very night.

That day Madras seemed to have incurred the wrath of Indra for it rained incessantly. With the help of our sympathetic neighbour, my ailing mother, sister and myself boarded the night bus for Anantapur. We were to reach Anantapur at dawn. We spent the night miserably but waiting for the glorious day to dawn. As the bus sped by, tearing through the dark night I pined to see the golden rays of the sun. My childish emotions overpowered me, for I accused the sun of being lazy and a late riser. It was not too long when my angry accusation turned into prayers too. I prayed to the sun to rise fast at least for my sake. But the sun took his own sweet time, and the day dawned.

The bus was nearing Anantapur when it came to a halt with a sudden jolt. There was a bridge which it had to cross. It was heavily flooded. All around was a scene of destruction. The bus took an hour to cross the flooded bridge, with great difficulty. After we had crossed the bridge, to our great delight we found a bus going to Puttaparthi trying to cross the bridge. Our bus conductor advised us three to quickly get down and board the bus leaving for Parthi, without our going to the Anantapur bus stand. We hurriedly brought our luggage down and boarded the Puttaparthi bus. The latter’s conductor was very hostile. He rudely said, “There is no place, so get off the bus.” When I tried to request him, he took our luggage and threw it out of the bus, and forced us to get down. To our great dismay we found that the Anantapur bus was nowhere in sight and the deserted look all around made me shiver in fright. To my great surprise, as soon as we got down from the bus bound for Parthi, the bus could not move as its engine refused to start. Half of its chassis was in the water and half on dry land. It could neither proceed forward nor go back. It refused to move an inch.

My mother and sister seated themselves on the luggage and were on the verge of collapse. I stood beside the raging river and viewed the angry waters, while mother sat lost in prayer or despair, I do not know. Broken logs of timber rolled and came dashing against the bridge. The corpse of a goat was caught in the swift current of the swirling waters. The dark sky above seemed to be determined on a downpour to drench us, The grim situation cast a gloomy spell on me. I cursed myself for being responsible for the watery grave I had chosen, as I felt our end not far.

Something said within me that the Lord is my host and why should I give myself away to despair and frustration. No sooner had this thought occurred in my mind than I felt the pressure of a hand on my back. I whirled round and saw, “a white long robed yogi with a white beard and matted hair” smiling at me. He had a tender voice and spoke softly. His eyes twinkled and his face shone with splendour. I stood bewitched while he spoke, “Son! You seem to be troubled. Tell me, it may be that I could help you.” Hearing him speak such kind words, I was very much delighted. I told him of the soup that we were in. He gave me a reassuring smile and said, “Is that all! O. K. How many persons are you?” I replied, “There are three of us.” Then I saw him dig his hand into the side pocket of his robe and take out three pink tickets. The smiling yogi said, “I don’t need them, you can take them.” Now with tickets in our hands we boarded the bus that still stood there. As I was boarding the bus, I again felt a pat on my back. I looked behind and saw. It was the smiling yogi. He then uttered these mysterious words, “You go to Puttaparthi and `I’ shall meet you there.” And he hurriedly walked away.

We climbed the bus. The bus conductor gave us a threatening look before he could speak out a word, I showed him the tickets that the yogi gave me, The conductor was shocked and he questioned me, “From where did you get them.” I told him about the yogi. He got down from the bus to look for the yogi. The yogi could be found nowhere. He seemed to have melted into the thin air of the deserted region. The conductor climbed into the bus. He looked shaken. He timidly got three seats vacated and offered them to us. As soon as we took our seats, the engine that had refused to start for two hours miraculously started all of a sudden, and the bus moved towards its destination.

The happy passengers shouted with joy and the air was rent with shouts of JAI SAI RAM!

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Sathya Sai Baba Miracle Pictures February 2009

Sathya Sai Baba Miracle Pictures February 2009
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Sathya Sai Baba Miracle Pictures February 2009

Sathya Sai Baba Miracle Pictures February 2009

From time to time,Swami gives us something called a visiting card. In simple worlds, he manifests a miracle. Swami often says that miracles are for ‘nidarshana’ i.e establishing divinity and not for ‘pradarshana’ i.e exhibition. He points out the role of a miracle in the overall scheme of his plan: first chamatkar, a miracle. Then sanskar, or refinement. Next comes, paropakar, or selfless service and finally saakshaatkaar or the ultimate vision of the Divine. That is, He attracts us through the miracles, refines our hearts and minds with His teachings, and prods us along the path of selfless service which leads us to self realisation.

Swami is like the doctor who gives us the visiting card. There is no use glancing at the card and praising its beauty and expressing awe at the credentials of the doctor. One has to approach him, get diagnosed, take the prescription, follow it and get cured of the disease!

Om Sai Ram

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Gajanani – Ganeshani – Vainayaki – Ganeshari – Vigneshvari

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How Sathya Sai Baba Materializes And Brings Forth Lingas From His Mouth

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


How Sathya Sai Baba Materializes And Brings Forth Lingas From His Mouth

During the festival of Maha Shivaratri, the festival dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, Sathya Sai Baba usually performs the sacred miracle of Lingodbhavam, the emergence of the Linga (an ellipsoid object symbolizing divinity) from Him. Howard Murphet, who had the privilege of witnessing the event from close quarters, gives a detailed account of this awe-inspiring miracle in his book “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” thus:

I had been told that every year, one or more Shivalingams have materialised in Sathya Sai Baba’s body at this sacred period of Shivaratri. He ejects the lingams through His mouth for all to observe. They are always hard, being made of crystal clear or coloured stone and sometimes of metals like gold or silver.

At six o’clock Sai Baba, accompanied by a small group of disciples, came onto the Shanti Vedika and soon after that the speeches began. It was about eight-thirty, powerful electric lights illuminating the group on the platform, when Sai Baba rose to His feet. First He sang a sacred song in His sweet celestial voice that touches the heart. Then He began His discourse speaking, as He always does on such public occasions, in the Telugu tongue.

On the platform Mr. Kasturi was busy making notes of the address which would be published later in both Telugu and English. Sai Baba’s eloquence had been flowing in a steady stream for some half-hour when suddenly His voice broke. He tried again but only a husky squeak came. Bhajan leaders among the devotees, knowing what was happening, immediately gave voice to a well-known bhajan and then the great crowd joined in.

Baba sat down and drank from a flask of water. Several times He tried to sing, but it was impossible. Now He began to show signs of real pain. He twisted and turned, placed His hand on His chest, buried His head in His hands, plucked at His hair. Then He sipped some more water and tried to smile reassuringly at the crowd.

Some men around me were weeping unashamedly and I myself felt a flow of tenderness towards the being suffering there before us. I could not grasp the full significance of the event that caused the agony, nor perhaps could most of the great crowd watching, but to understand a thing with the mind is one matter and to feel its meaning in the bones and blood is another. Inwardly I felt that I was sitting at the very heart of something profoundly significant to mankind.

So, instead of blurring my eyes with the tears of sympathy, I kept them fixed on Baba’s mouth; my whole attention was glued to that point so that I would not miss the exit of the lingam.

After about twenty minutes, I was rewarded. I saw a flash of green light shoot from His mouth and with it an object, which He caught in His hands cupped below. Immediately, He held the object high between His thumb and forefinger so that all could see it.

A breath of profound joy passed through the crowd. It was a beautiful green lingam, and certainly much bigger than any ordinary man could bring up through his throat. Sai Baba placed it on the top of a large torch so that the light shone through its glowing emerald-like translucency. Then, leaving it there, He retired from the scene.

Mr. Kasturi, who had been present on the platform of the Shanti Vedika when it was produced, described it thus later, in print: “An emerald lingam, three inches high and fixed on a pedestal five inches broad that had formed itself in Him (Baba), emerged from his mouth to the unspeakable joy and relief of the huge gathering.”

Reference: “Sai Baba: Man of Miracles” by Mr. Howard Murphet. Page: 43-49 (Paperback Edition). Published by Macmillan India Ltd, 1972.

Sathya Sai Lingodbhava – Mystery Of The Shiva Lingam

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Sathya Sai Lingodbhava – Mystery Of The Shiva Lingam
Historical Background Of Lingodbhava by Professor N. Kasturi:

“Until 1956, the Shivaratri all-night vigil and Bhajan could be held in the Prayer Hall itself. Sai Baba sat on the silver chair placed on over a tiger skin on a low platform. When the slower hand of the clock hovered near eight, the Linga or Lingas indicated the desire to emerge and Baba showed signs of physical struggle to smoothen their way out. Year after year, 1 have stood on His left, holding silver jug of water. Seshagiri Rao stood on the right with a silver plate to receive the Linga as it fell out. At predetermined moments, proceeding through the gullet, the Linga presented itself for public view and personal use. One year eleven Lingas emerged in a row, one behind the other. Another year, there were nine. He has given Me one of the nine. It is worshipped with Mantras prescribed in the scriptures. The Linga miracle does happen annually on every Shivaratri day wherever Baba happens to be.” (Prof Kasturi, SS, 3/99, p.81)

Sathya Sai Baba: Meaning Of The Lingam (Lingham – Lingum):

“Just as OM is the ‘sound symbol’ of God, the Linga is ‘form symbol’ or visible symbol of God – the most meaningful, the simplest and the least endowed with appendages of attributes. The Linga means, that in which this Jagat (world of change) attains Laya or mergence or dissolution (Leeyate). All forms merge in the Formless at last. Shiva is the Principle of Destruction of all names and forms, of all entities and individuals. So, the Linga is the simplest sign of emergence and mergence.” (Sai Baba, SS, 3/99, last cover page)

Different Types Of Shiva Lingas – Siva Stones:

  • Hiranyagarbha / Hiranya-Garbha Linga
  • Sada-Shiva Lingam
  • Netra-Lingham
  • Narmada or Narmadeshwar Lingum
  • Jyotir-Linga
  • Jnana-Lingam
  • Atma Lingham
  • Angushta-Maatram Lingum
  • Anda-Pinda Linga
  • Aahtaloha Lingam
  • Vaidurya Lingham
  • Spatika Lingum
  • Padara Linga
  • Trapu Lingam
  • Ayasa Lingham
  • Seesa Lingum
  • Ashtadhtu Linga
  • Navanita Lingam
  • Durvakadaja Or Garika Lingham
  • Karpura Lingum
  • Ayaskanta Linga
  • Mouktika Lingam
  • Suvarana Lingham
  • Rajita Lingum
  • Pittala Or Kamsya Linga
  • Bhamsa Lingam
  • Guda Lingam Or Sita Lingham
  • Vamsankura Lingum
  • Pishta Linga
  • Dhadhidhugdha Lingam
  • Dhanya Lingham
  • Phala Lingum
  • Dhatri Linga
  • Gandha Lingam
  • Pushpa Lingham
  • Gosakru Lingum
  • Valuka Linga
  • Yavagodhumasalij Lingam
  • Sitakhanda Lingham
  • Lavana Lingum
  • Tilapista Linga
  • Netra-Lingam
  • Bana Lingham
  • Somnath Jyotirlinga
  • Bhoomi Lingum
  • Jala Linga
  • Agni or Thejo Lingam
  • Vayu Lingham
  • Akasha Lingum
  • Yajamana Linga
  • Chandra Lingam
  • Surya Lingham
  • Sthira Lingum
  • Ardhanarishwara Linga
  • Chaturmukhalingam
  • Amarnath Lingham

The Twelve jyotirlingas are:

  1. Somnatha
  2. Mallikarjuna
  3. Mahakala
  4. Omkara
  5. Kedara
  6. Bhimshankara
  7. Vishvanatha
  8. Tryambaka
  9. Vaidynatha
  10. Nagesha
  11. Rameswara
  12. Ghushnesha

According to the Agamas the lingas can be of two kinds, the cala i.e. moveable and the acala, i.e, immoveable. The cala lingas are again of different types: mrnmaya (earthen); lohaja (metallic); ratnaja (of precious stones); daruja (wooden); sailaja (of stone); and Ksanika (those made for temporary worship). The lohaja i.e. metallic lingas are made of 8 metals (gold, silver, copper, bell-metal, iron, lead, brass and tin) and the ratnaja ones are made of pearls, coral, vaidurya, topaz, emerald and bluestone. The acala or sthavara lingas are of 10 kinds (Svayambhuva, Purva, Daivata, Ganapatya, Asura, Sura, Arsa Raksasa, Manusa and Bana). The Makutagama calls them Sthira lingas and divide them into four classes: 1) Daivika; 2) Arsaka; 3) Ganapa and 4 ) Manusa.

Also see: Sathya Sai Baba Golden Healing Shiva Lingam

Shiva Shakti Swarupa – Embodiment Of Siva & Sakti

Sai Shiva Shakti Swarupa

Sathya Sai Baba announced himself as the emodiment of Shiva Shakti (aka ‘Siva Sakti’) and cured himself of various ailments that afflicted his body for 8 days in 1963.

You know I declared on the very day when I decided to disclose my Identity, my mission, and my Advent that I belonged to the Apasthamba Suthra and the Bharadwaja lineage (gothra). This Bharadwaja was a great sage, who studied the Vedas for a full one hundred years; but, finding that the Vedas were endless (anantha), he did penance (thapas) for prolonging life, and from Indra he got two extensions of a century each. Even then, the Vedas could not be completed, so he asked Indra again for another hundred years. Indra showed him 3 huge mountain ranges and said, “What, you have learned in 3 centuries form only 3 handfuls from out of the 3 ranges that make up the Vedas. So give up the attempt to exhaust the Vedas. Perform a ritual (yaga) instead, which I shall teach you; that will give you the fruit of Vedic study, full and complete.”

Bharadwaja decided to perform the ritual; Indra taught him how to do it; all preparations were completed. The sage wanted Shakthi to preside over and bless the ritual. So he went to Kailasa, but the time was not opportune for presenting his petition. Shiva and Shakthi were engaged in a competitive dance, trying to find out who could dance longer. Eight days passed thus, before Shakthi noticed Bharadwaja standing in the cold. She just cast a smile at him and danced along as before! The sage mistook the smile as a cynical refusal to notice him, so he turned his back on Kailasa and started to descend. To his dismay, he found his left leg, hand, and eye put out of action by a stroke. Shiva saw him fall, came up to him, and consoled him. Bharadwaja was told that Shakthi had indeed blessed him and his ritual. Then, Shiva revived him and cured him, sprinkling water from the Kamandalu. Both Shiva and Shakthi granted him the boons of a sage (rishi); they would both attend the ritual, they said.

After the ritual was over, they were so pleased that they conferred even more boons on the sage. Shiva said that they would take human form and be born in the Bharadwaja lineage, thrice: Shiva alone as Shirdi Sai Baba, Shiva and Shakthi together at Puttaparthy as Sathya Sai Baba, and Shakthi alone as Prema Sai, later. Then, Shiva remembered the illness that had suddenly come upon Bharadwaja at Kailasa on the eighth day of waiting in the cold on the ice. He gave another assurance. “As expiation for the neglect that Shakthi showed you at Kailasa for 8 days, this Shakthi will suffer the stroke for 8 days when we both take birth as Sathya Sai and, on the eighth day, I shall relieve her from all signs of the disease by sprinkling water, just as I did at Kailasa to cure your illness.”

It was the working out of this assurance that you witnessed today, just now. This had to happen, this stroke and the cure. The assurance given in the Thretha era had to be honored. I may tell you now that the poor, forlorn devotee who had to suffer the stroke that I took over was a convenient excuse, which was utilized. You see, a railway engine is not made available to haul just one car; when a number of cars are ready, then the engine is put into action. So too, the disease had to be gone through, the devotee had to be saved, the assurance had to be carried out, the mystery had to be cleared, the Divinity had to be more clearly announced by the manifestation of this Grand Miracle. All these were accomplished by this one incident.

Let me tell you one more thing: Nothing can impede or halt the work of the Avathaara. When I was upstairs all these days, some people were foolishly saying, “It is all over with Sai Baba,” and they turned back many who were coming to Puttaparthy! Some said I was in samadhi, as if I were a spiritual aspirant (sadhaka)! Some feared I was the victim of black magic, as if anything can affect me! The splendor of this Avathar will go on increasing, day by day. Formerly, when the Govardhanagiri (a mountain) was raised aloft by the little boy Krishna, the cowherd maids and boys (gopees and gopalas) realized that Krishna was the Lord. Now, not one Govardhanagiri but a whole range will be lifted, you will see! Have patience, have faith. Tomorrow morning, I shall give every one of you the Namaskaram Blessing that you missed today. (Ref)

Sathya Sai Baba Mahashivaratri Celebrations 2008

Mahasivaratri 2008 Puttaparthi, Prashanti Nilayam, Sai Baba Ashram

March 6th 2008:
This morning, Bhagawan did not come for darshan. The morning bhajans commenced at 9 o’clock and ended after 45 minutes with Arati. So the Shivarathri celebrations got underway in the evening. Video screens had been set up in Sai Kulwant Hall and a large LED screen was mounted on a truck next to the Ganesh temple, to enable the devotees to see the festivities. Bhagawan came at 5.15 in a new mobile chair and took a round of the Hall while Nadaswaram and Pachavadyam were played by the students along with the Vedic chanting. Just after 5.30 pm, Bhagawan asked Sri V. Srinivasan, the All-India President of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, to speak. After his twenty minute talk, Bhagawan stood up to speak.

Bhagawan spoke standing for ten minutes, then sat down to continue for an hour. He spoke about the trend to divide people based on culture, caste and country, and said that soon all would grow united on these three fronts, in the time of Prema Sai.

After Bhagawan’s Discourse, the all-night Bhajans commenced. Swami sat onstage for a few minutes before returning to His residence in the chair. The microphones were switched off at 9 pm, after which group Bhajans continued till morning.

March 7th 2008:
Bhagawan arrived in His chair this morning a few minutes past seven o’clock, and moving through the Hall, came onstage as the Bhajans went on. After twenty minutes more of spirited Bhajans, Swami asked for the Arati and the Bhajans concluded at 7.45. Prasadam of Tamarind rice and laddoo was distributed to all as Swami watched. He returned to His residence after most of the Sai Kulwant Hall had been served.

In the evening, Bhagawan had a surprise in store for everyone. He arrived at Sai Kulwant Hall while the Bhajans went on at 5.15, and moved around the Bhajan Hall and the verandah in His chair. Later, He moved out to the stage area, and at around half-past six, asked for the Bhajans to stop, and for Mr. Ajit Popat of the UK to speak. After Mr. Popat’s twenty minute speech, Bhagawan asked for the microphones and spoke for an hour from His chair. Swami’s Discourse stressed on the necessity to do good in order to yield good results. At the end of His Discourse, He asked for a Bhajan to be sung, after which He accepted Arati. After Arati, Swami spoke a couple of words more, on the importance of the “Loka Samastasta Sukhino Bhavantu” chant, and Prof Anil Kumar translated them into the mic before Bhagawan left for His residence.

You can see pictures of the Shivarathri celebrations at the Book Trust website.

(Curtesy RadioSai)

Also See:
- MahaShivaratri 2008 – Mythology And Info
- Sathya Sai Baba Shiva Lingams
- Healing Sai Baba Golden Lingham

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