Baba Gives Realisation To Swami Sharnanandji
By Dr D.J. Gadhia
Sai Smaran (Chapter 25, pages 184 + 185)
In 1966 my parents from Kampala, Uganda, came to stay with me in my residential quarters provided by the Medical College in Jamnagar. During their stay, Swami Sharnanandji came from his ashram in Ahmedabad, where he was serving many devotees in several ways, to stay with us for a few days.
Aged about eighty years at the time, Swami Sharnanandji had written several books about his early life, over a period of ten years, with Shirdi Sai Baba in Shirdi. He told us about these interesting experiences and also related them to devotees in our Sai Centre during the weekend programme. Before returning to Ahmedabad, he made me promise to keep him informed about Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s next visit to Bombay, so that he could go there for Baba’s Divine darshan and blessings.
I sent a telegram to Swami Sharnanandji that Beloved Baba was visiting the residence of Minister P. K. Savant in Malabar Hill in Bombay. PK Savant, being a Trustee of Shirdi Sai Sansthan, knew Swami Sharnanandji and straightaway took him upstairs to meet Baba. After a long conversation with Swami Sharnanandji, Baba said: “Yes! This is Shirdi Baba. Do not have any doubt. Look here! Who Am I?” And at that moment He gave him the DIVINE DARSHAN OF SHIRDI BABA. As Swami Sharnanandji had intense love and devotion towards Shirdi Baba, Sathya Sai Baba gave him realisation without any delay.
Beloved Swami said:
“Realisation which is not possible through logic, which is not possible through offerings or sacrifices, and which is not possible through discussion and other disciplines CAN BE ACHIEVED ONLY THROUGH LOVE.”
Swami Sharnanandji was supremely satisfied and narrated the whole incident when he came down after his meeting with Baba. Mr. Shankarlal Choksi, the editor of Sai Suman (a monthly magazine in Gujarat), was present. He noted down everything and, with Swami Sharnanandji’s permission, published the story in his magazine. Reading the article, thousands of Shirdi devotees came to know that Shirdi Sai Baba had incarnated as Sathya Sai Baba.
‘This Das’ was very happy that Beloved Baba had made this body an instrument to bring Swami Sharnanandji to Him. Later, while in East Africa, I lost contact with Swami Sharnanandji and learned that he had left his mortal coil.
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