Phyllis Krystal And The Indian Master Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba - The Ultimate Experience

Phyllis Krystal And The Indian Master Sathya Sai Baba

Phyllis Krystal was born in London, England in 1914. She graduated from Bishop Otter College in Chichester and taught at the high school level for three years before moving to the United States. There, she married Sidney Krystal, a prominent Los Angeles attorney. They had two daughters, one of whom gave them a granddaughter and a grandson. Mrs. Krystal has been a widow since 1993. In 2004, at the age of 91, she moved to Munich,Germany, where she still lives and works.

In the late 1950s, Mrs. Krystal and a close friend embarked on an experiment to make regular contact with an inner source of wisdom, which they eventually called the Hi C for Higher Consciousness. Since then, by consulting the Hi C, a visualization method involving the use of symbols has evolved. These techniques can be used to help those who wish to release from attachment to – or reliance on – any outer security or control, thereby freeing the individual to seek help and guidance from the Hi C rather then from these outer sources.

For more than 25 years, Mrs. Krystal has given seminars in numerous countries – primarily in Europe – to share the method. In addition she has offered individual sessions to outline a program for achieving more personal freedom.

As word of this method spread, Mrs. Krystal received numerous requests to put it down in writing so the techniques could continue to help others, if and when she is no longer available.

Her first book, Cutting the Ties that bind, was published in 1982, followed in 1990 by Cutting More Ties that Bind. A workbook to accompany these two books was also published. Her other books are Sai Baba, The Ultimate Experience, an account of her experiences with the Indian Master Sri Sathya Sai Baba; Taming the Monkey Mind; Re-Connecting the Love Energy; and Cutting the Ties of Karma. In addition two other titles have been published in India: Let’s Thank God and Ceiling on Desires. These books have been translated into many languages, thereby enabling the method to be shared with even more people worldwide.

To further the expansion of the method, Mrs. Krystal is planning a more intensive teaching course, with the first session scheduled for June 26 to 29, 2008, and continuing on October 30 to November 2, 2008. Two additional sessions will be held in 2009, the dates for which will be announced later.

Mrs. Krystal stresses that this is not a “quick fix” method. Each person must be willing to practise the appropriate exercises, rather then expecting someone else to create a panacea to eliminate all their problems. Help is possible only if each person is willing to concentrate on bringing about the necessary changes and growth in him- or herself, instead of trying in vain to change someone else.

Phyllis Krystal

Book By Phyllis Krystal:
Sai Baba: The Ultimate Experience by Phyllis Krystal
Cutting the Ties That Bind – Cards by Phyllis Krystal
Cutting More Ties That Bind by Phyllis Krystal
Reconnecting the Love Energy: Don’t By-Pass Your Heart by Phyllis Krystal
Taming Our Monkey Mind: Insight, Detachment, Identity by Phyllis Krystal
Cutting the Ties of Karma by Phyllis Krystal


Spreading A Gospel Of Positive Energy

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Spreading a gospel of positive energy
Don Retson,
Published: Friday, May 30 2008

EDMONTON – Preeti Mathur beamed recalling how a complete stranger approached her to ask if her group was responsible for the good vibes at a park on Edmonton’s south side.

“What are you doing?” a face-painter asked Mathur at McIntyre Park in Old Strathcona last Saturday afternoon. “I feel positive vibrations today coming from this corner of the farmers market.”

Mathur’s comment drew smiles and approving nods the next evening at Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Edmonton.

Members of the centre made up a large number of the 200 people who took part in Edmonton’s fourth annual Walk for Values the previous day. Mathur was chief organizer of the event.

The walk isn’t a fundraiser. It’s meant to create awareness of the importance of practising positive values to bring about a more caring and kinder world.

Participants pledge to practise one of five values – love, truth, peace, non-violence and right conduct. They believe that when each individual tries to change, there’s a positive impact on their families, communities and ultimately the world.

A Hindu by birth, Mathur was educated in a Catholic convent in her native India.

Today, she’s educational co-ordinator of Sai Baba Centre, a non-denominational spiritual and service organization, with millions of devotees worldwide.

During a Sunday evening devotional service, Mathur noted some passersby were so impressed they signed up on the spot and took part in the three-kilometre walk.

“It was a wonderful, motivating and energizing experience,” Mathur said of the event, which included speeches, music and the decoration of a gazebo and floats.

Mathur was attracted to the Sai Baba organization by the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba of India, in particular his belief that all religions are facets of the same truth.

This respect for other faiths is one of the first things to strike a visitor. Each of six major world religions is featured in a glassed-in display.

During a tour, centre president T.R. Pillay explains that the elaborate and artistic work of the displays was done by Sunday school students. “We made sure that people of any faith that come in here will feel comfortable and that’s why we have these displays depicting the various faiths,” he said.

The Sai Baba centre has been around since in 1983, at various locations. Wanting a permanent home, devotees eventually bought a property at 9619 Whyte Avenue. The building once housed Studio 82. An additional $150,000 was spent on renovations to convert the old movie house into a place of worship.

For historical reasons, the facade of the building is unchanged from its Studio 82 days. However, the words “Sai Sadan” (House of God) on the exterior are a dead give away that movies aren’t what’s happening inside any longer. There’s also a message from spiritual leader Sai Baba to “Love all; serve all,” not your typical greeting at a movie theatre.

At devotional services, males in white or light-coloured clothing (symbolic of the purity of spirit each is aspiring for) sit on chairs or on the carpeted floor on one side of the huge worship hall. Females in traditional Indian saris sit on the other side of the room.

Facing all is a giant picture of Sai Baba, considered by millions of his followers around the world to be an avatar or incarnation of a divine being. Devotees revere him as a great spiritual leader, a humanitarian, a man of miracles.

There’s a great emphasis in the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Organization on service to the poor, the destitute and the sick. “Help ever; hurt never” is one of Sai Baba’s famous quotations. Another is: “Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray.”


Selfless Seva

Selfless Seva

Selfless Seva
Saturday January 28 2006 17:56 IST
Hiramalini Seshadri

Free healthcare in globally acclaimed hospitals
Time was when the name Sri Sathya Sai Baba conjured up the image of a slight orange-clad figure with an Afro hairdo who performed miracles. Today most Indians view him as a spiritual leader who inspires harmony between people of all faiths; as an ideal educationist who runs totally free educational institutions; as a social worker par excellence who has brought drinking water to the poorest of the poor in Andhra and Karnataka and even to the metropolis of Chennai; as a healthcare provider who has set up globally acclaimed hospitals where everything is free; and as one whose devotees have a passion for “selfless seva”. However, what is amazing is the stupendous global impact he has had, though he has never stepped out of India except once in 1968 when he visited Africa. Broadly, the global activities carried out in the name of Sri Sathya Sai Baba can be divided into Educare, Medicare and Sociocare.

EDUCARE: Education enables one make a living; while educare enables one attain the highest in life. Educare helps one realise that one is not separate, but part of creation, which is in turn part of the Creator; and what is more, so is one’s neighbour. Baba’s educare programme which began in the sixties in India through the Bal Vikas project has now reached 180 countries. Three time Thai parliamentarian and ex-NASA scientist, Dr. ART-ong Jumsai, is a pioneer who has dedicated his life to educare; and thanks to Dr Jumsai and likeminded devotees, today there are Institutes of Sathya Sai Education (ISSE) in all continents. The Institutes train teachers in Educare and carry out research on the impact of Sathya Sai Education in the world. There are 52 Sathya Sai schools globally.

MEDICARE: Sai Centres abroad have been running many free clinics and medical camps for over two decades. A coordinated medicare programme has been launched recently under the auspices of the Sai International Medical Committee to reach Sai Ideal Health Care everywhere. The activities include Ongoing Healthcare Delivery, Disaster Relief, Medical Camps and Health Care Services, Disease Prevention and Health Education. In the Far East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia, in partnership with private hospitals, which offer free theatre and ward services, regular medical and surgical services have been available for the needy. An ideal hospice for the terminally ill is functioning in Sri Lanka.

In a major step forward, Sai Organisations are also tying up with governments in the implementation of National Health Programmes; for example, in Kenya the Sai Organisation distributes insecticide-treated mosquito nets to populations at risk of malaria no matter how remote and inaccessible the terrain; and this unique Sai Net programme has generated global interest. In the USA and other developed nations, Sai Medicare targets those who are not insured and have no access to healthcare. In appreciation, the Mayor of St Louis, proclaimed the 11th of September as Sri Sathya Sai Baba Day, last year.

SOCIOCARE: Sociocare programmes done by Sai Organisations in various nations are just too many to enumerate. However the water management project being implemented by the African Institute of Sathya Sai Education (TAISSE) merits mention. The Experts Group Meeting of water experts convened in 2001 by the UN-Habitat, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Sweden International Water Institute at Johannesburg was taken up by the Human Values approach to water management suggested by Victor Kanu of TAISSE. In fact, TAISSE was contracted by UN-Habitat to implement Value Based Water Education in six African countries. Water education is a combination of water literacy — knowledge about water sources, and, Value Based Perception — where water is viewed as a precious resource to be used responsibly for the the greater common good. Waterbodies are viewed as gifts given in trust to us to be safeguarded and passed down to future generations who are to inherit the earth after our time.

By 2004, the project was completed so successfully that UN-Habitat has now requested TAISSE to implement a Value Based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education in 12 African countries. Taking a leaf out of Baba’s Anantapur Water Project, devotees at Ndola, Zambia, have also started a small water project. Thanks to it, five poor townships and water-starved for centuries, have potable water today.

Latin America is another region where powerful Sai sociocare projects are on. The Director of a prison at Sensuntepeque, El Salvador, was so touched by the Sai Study Circle meetings in the prison, that he volunteered to do the Sathya Sai Human Values Diploma Course. In Beunos Aires, an ideal home for street children exists with a typical Sai twist to the tale. They used to live in a makeshift cramped place. While gardening one day, the kids found 12 kilos of pure gold in a flowerpot. Their street instincts told them to go for the gold and run away; but after all the EHV they had been taught, they simply could not. They notified the elders who notified the police and finally the courts declared that the gold belonged to the boys. With that money, a lovely home was built.

What is absolutely amazing is this: most volunteers participating in the Sai educare, medicare or sociocare projects abroad have not even seen Baba; but they are all full of love for this gentle eighty-year-old who lives in India, whom they refer to as the Avatar of the age. What is more, they are able to sense and feel his love for them across oceans and continents; and they are transmuted as it were. Of all the wondrous things Sri Sathya Sai Baba has created over the years, this transformation of hearts the world over remains his greatest miracle.


Shirdi Sai Avatar To The Sathya Sai Baba Avatar

Shirdi Sai - Parthi Sai Baba

Shirdi Sai Avatar To The Sathya Sai Baba Avatar

Mrs. V.Bala Tripura Sundari
B2, East Prasanthi
Prasanthi Nilayam – 515134

Mrs. V. Bala Tripura Sundari (105) has the good fortune of worshipping both Shirdi Sai Baba and Sri Sathya Sai Baba. She will complete 106 years of age by Dasara in October, 2004. She narrates her experiences in her own words.

‘When I was of 13 years of age, I went to Manmad where my husband was the Station Master in the Railways. He was a devotee of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba. My first Darshan of Baba was when I was 13 years old (in about 1908). Once Baba gave me a Sivalingam with panavattam along with a silver casket to put it. The casket also looked like a Sivalinga with panavattam, in which the linga fit exactly. Baba gave me padukalu also.

My husband passed away at Nampalli in 1954. I stayed at Hyderabad and Chirala for a few years. It was my desire to settle at Shirdi. But, owing to the pressure of some relatives and acquaintances, I came to Prasanthi Nilayam to see Sri Sathya Sai Baba. I did not believe that He was Shirdi Sai Baba incarnate. This was sometime in 1965. In those days, we used to go to Chitravati for bath and to get water. I used to tell openly my fellow devotees that I would not stay in this forest, but would like to go and settle in Shirdi. I was even saying that this Baba was not my Baba.

One day, after returning from Chitravati, I was doing cooking when Sri Sathya Sai Baba came to me.

‘It seems you don’t want to stay here’, Swami began.

‘Yes, Swami!’ I replied somewhat hesitantly, ‘I want to go to Shirdi’.

‘What will you do there’ Swami asked, ‘when I am here? What you say is a forest will become a big city. You will see it’.

Suddenly, I don’t know why, I ventured to blurt out, ‘my Baba is there. So I want to go to Shirdi’.

‘Is it?’ Swami asked and said, ‘Look!’

I looked at Him. He was not there. In His place was Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi in flesh and blood. ‘My Baba!’ I cried and fell on His feet. Till then I was making namaskar to Sri Sathya Sai Baba, but never made Padanamaskar because I did not believe that He was my Baba, even though my fellow devotees were telling me to take Padanamaskar when Swami came and stood before me. When I lifted my face, there was Sri Sathya Sai Standing before me.

‘When are you leaving for Shirdi?’ Swami chuckled.

‘I am not going anywhere, Swami!’ I replied, ‘my Baba is here. I will be here.’

One day Swami asked me, ‘where is the lingam I gave you? Give it back to me.’

I was surprised. ‘You did not give me any lingam, Swami!’ I told Him.

‘Remember’, Swami recalled the whole incident in Shirdi when He had given me lingam and bharine (silver casket).

‘Keep padukas with you’, Swami said, ‘but give back the lingam’.

When I brought the bharine, Swami removed the lingam and returned the bharine to me. He took the lingam in His hand. It just disappeared. After some time, I wanted to send all silver articles used by me for pooja, to Swami. I sent the bharine also along with them to Swami. Padukas are still with me.

Swami was kind enough to allot me the room No. B2 in East Prasanthi so that I can have His Darshan from the Verandah itself, in deference to my old age. I am continuing in that flat even now.

— Mrs. V. Bala Tripura Sundari

Women Of Distinction – Dr. Chamundi Eswar Selvaraj

Sai Baba Sweet Smile


Chamundi Eswari Selvaraj has her PhD in psychiatric social work. Her dedication to public service is evident in her many leadership positions in community organizations, arts and cultural councils and religious spiritual groups. She is president of the “Pushpanjali” India School of Dance, secretary of the Hindu Society of Saskatchewan and vice-president of the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre of Saskatoon and is a past-ambassador of the India pavilion at Folkfest. She has spearheaded several initiatives including the Walk for Human Values which resulted in the City of Saskatoon declaring Human Values Day in June 2006. Chamundi is humility personified, inspiring others by her example, and giving so completely to the community in which she lives.


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

The Charisma Of Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Charisma Of Sathya Sai Baba - Shirdi Sai Baba

A personal reaction: the Charisma of Sri Sathya Sai Baba

In the year 1971, when the first edition of “Shri Sai Baba, the Saint of Shirdi” was published by Somaiya Publications Pvt. Ltd., the writer was not even aware of the manifestation of this “Maha Yogi” known as Shri Satya Sai Baba. For this reason Shri Satya Sai Baba’s name was not included in the chapter entitled “The successors of Sai Baba” in part II of my book.

But, subsequently, the writer had the privilege of meeting Satya Sai Baba quite frequently, and each meeting was an experience and a revelation! Truly the ‘leelas’ of the Divine are inscrutable! For, now that I have been commissioned to prepare this fourth and revised edition of the “Saint of Shirdi”, I feel that it is a God given opportunity to include in the second part of my book a chapter on Shri Satya Sai Baba as also one of the illustrious successors of the Saint of Shirdi — at whose lotus feet I have found my refuge and shelter.

Since this chapter comprises a very intimate portrayal of my personal reactions to and my experiences of Shri Satya Sai Baba’s Grace, I have taken the liberty of discarding the conventional phrase “the writer”. substituting in its place the personal pronoun ‘I’ whenever I have felt the necessity to express my emotional reaction more effectively to the charisma of Shri Satya Sai Baba’s unusual outpouring of Grace on this humble writer. Destiny’s deep contrasts are but the ‘Leelas’ draping the unanimity of the one Divine!

At the outset, I would like to say that I have no intention of getting involved in the controversy whether Shri Satya Sai Baba is or is not an Incarnation of the Shirdi Baba. In any case, the writer feels that at out level of consciousness such speculations are presumptuous — and therefore futile. It is sufficient to recognize Shri Satya Sai Baba as one of Bharat’s “Maha Yogis”.

It is only when one actually sees the Baba that one realizes that his pictures which appear in the papers do not do him justice. For, the main attraction of the “Yogi” is in his eyes which are not only magnetic, but are also brimful of love and compassion. His bizarre miracles of producing “Uddhi” from empty space and the materialization of all kinds of silver and gold images and rings from his mouth give one a queer feeling of apparent showmanship which is not attractive….but one soon learns to accept these powers as an unusual method of the saint to lure people to him by giving them what they want so that later they may learn to crave for the jewels of the Spirit. Each “Yogi” has his own peculiar modus operandi, and who are we to judge whether they are right or wrong? For, as soon as we come in contact with this incredible Master, we realize that his ultimate mission is not to give material satisfaction to his flock, but rather to lead them gradually to appreciate the glittering virtues of the spirit.

The social services that this “Avatar” organizes for the benefit of the humanity are many. Hospitals, Schools and Colleges are built and commissioned to help the cause of education and to give relief to the sick and the ailing. Perhaps, no other saint has involved himself in such practical solutions of the country’s welfare. There is no dearth of volunteers who dedicate their services to the institutions started by the Baba who infuses the spirit of service and dedicated work to his followers. We are reminded of Swami Vivekananda who said years ago that “Work is Worship”. Baba has not much respect for the “Yogi” who spends his time enjoying his own individual Bliss, showing supreme indifference to the sufferings of the others. This life says Baba is ‘preface to the epic of the supreme’ which requires the practice of an internal “Yoga”. It is no wonder, therefore, that Shri Satya Sai Baba is recognized by even the highest Government officials and enjoys a popularity which has no parallel among the godmen of Bharat.

But despite this preoccupation with the vaster issues of life, Shri Satya Sai Baba, like Sai Baba of Shirdi, gives an amazing outpouring of love and understanding of the problems of men an women individually. His heart is full of compassion for the woes and miseries of the ordinary householder. Satya Sai’s miracles for the upliftment of those who are oppressed with the diseases of the body and the agony of the mind are well known to those who go to him with Faith.

It is on this note that I should like to conclude this brief chapter after relating the two personal tokens for one who does not merit such favours.

(1) Round about the year 1978 Shri P.K. Savant, who was then one of the ministers of the Maharashtra Government, met me at a public function and said to me — “Mrs. Sahukar, I have read and appreciated your book, ‘Sai Baba, the Saint of Shirdi’, but how is it that you refrain from prostrating at the feet of his Incarnation, Shri Satya Sai Baba?” I was taken aback, as I replied — “Mr. Savant, I do not know much about Shri Satya Sai Baba, but even so I would not hesitate to pay my homage to one whom I recognize as one of our spiritual Masters. Due, however, to my physical ailments, I am unable to go into big crowds, so I keep away.” However, Mr. Savant graciously invited me and my husband to a small gathering in his house where Shri Baba was to come. We went to this function gladly. When we reached Mr. Savant’s house, we were told that Baba had gone upstairs for a brief respite. The staircase was guarded by volunteers. I pleaded with one of these volunteers to let us go up as we were special guests of Shri Savant, but the man was rude and refused to comply. I started getting sore, and rebuked this man, and while this unseemly row was going on, Shri Sai Baba himself came down the stairs, much to my embarrassment. I wished then that the ground would open and swallow me up! But the Beloved Master only looked at me with a gleam of loving amusement in his eyes. he had a garland of flowers in his hand which he put around my neck. This gracious gesture took my breath away, and I prostrated myself at his holy feet.

(2) The second Miracle of Grace took place in White Field, Baba’s Ashram in Bangalore. Just a day before we were due to leave for Bombay, we learnt that Baba was arriving from Puttaparthy. Very naturally, my husband and I went there for the holy saint’s “darshan”. About three to four hundred “bhaktas” were already seated in neat rows. I joined the women who told me that Baba would emerge from a cottage we could see in the background. Then Baba would walk through certain rows and leaving other rows alone, all according to his sweet will. Soon, we saw the frail Swamiji walking towards us. My heart was pounding like a machine. Would he walk through the aisle where I was? He approached us and them swerved away from us. He then went to a small dais at the end of the compound and sat on the chair. It was all over. The lucky ones who were blessed with “Uddhi” were chirping, and the unfortunate one (I among them) felt desolate. But, since I felt completely forsaken, from the depth of my being I prayed to my Master the Saint of Shirdi. “Beloved Sai”, I silently begged, “Do not let him ignore me like this. Somehow make Satya Sai Baba come to me”. Then a great miracle manifested itself. Shri Satya Sai Baba in response to my silent cry, suddenly got up and came down the dais and made a bee-line for me. He came close to me and lightly touched my forehead and then walked away to the cottage. There were two or three more of such extraordinary miracles which swept me off my feet.

But despite all these supreme tokens of his Grace and love for me, I have never felt a desire to go to puttaparthy. Perhaps for me the image and form in which I have been worshipping Sai Baba through the years — the beloved old man with white beard and hair sitting cross-legged is like an indelible image in my heart and no other image can replace it. It may also be an unconscious yet deep feeling within me that if Satya Sai Baba is indeed my beloved Guru’s Incarnation, then my staunch dedication, love and devotion to this supreme being would automatically reach any manifestation who is an Incarnation of Shri Sai Baba, the Saint of Shirdi.

I end this chapter in all humility, leaving stone by stone the pattern to the Designer.

Source: The Saint of Shirdi – by Mani Sahukar (Chapter 15)

Also see:
Shirdi Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Baba And M.S. Dixit & M.K. Raman
Sathya Sai Baba, Shirdi Sai Baba And Pedda Bottu
The Sai Baba Trinity